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New Mexico’s White Sands Is America’s Newest National Park

Stretching 275 square miles in southern New Mexico, the White Sands National Monument has long been a favorite spot among road-trippers and photographers. But the beautiful site just received the ultimate upgrade: On Dec. 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed a bill that changed the name of the monument to White Sands National Park. The landmark is now the United States’s 62nd official national park, ranking it among such giants as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

The last time the U.S. received a new national park was back in February 2019, when another sandy destination—the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore—received the mega-promotion.

White Sands National Park

White Sands, New Mexico. Photo courtesy of

White Sands National Park

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