White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument
Location: west of Alamogordo, New Mexico
Length of visit: 2 hours
Major draws: Scenic views, sledding, unique wildlife
Strenuosity: 3 out of 10
Cost/Fees: $5 per person or free with America the Beautiful pass
Additional considerations: No shade, albedo, missile tests can close road to park
Description: Dunes composed of gypsum make a great destination for snow sledding year round.  Specially adapted wildlife species include bleached earless lizards and kangaroo rats.