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White Sands National Park Is Offering Unique Guided Moonlight Hikes

White Sands National Parks offers night-guided hikes during the full moon from March 7th until November 27th, 2023. Each of the nine trips (one each month) requires a reservation.

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay ~ "A full moon rising is always a spectacular event, but imagine catching it in the inky darkness of the remote southwest New Mexico. And suddenly the salty ground is alive and aglow as the moon’s intensity grows.

It is an once-in-a-lifetime experience that happens monthly at White Sands National Park.

Rangers guide visitors along the one-mile Dune Life Nature Trail, 'chosen because one of the first stops along the trail that faces the Sacramento Mountains to the east and is the perfect spot to see the moon rise over the mountains,' he said. 'On the edge of the dune field, the trail has characteristics not found in the heart of the dunes. At this point the desert scrub community and the gypsum sand dunes meet which forms one of the most diverse ecosystems in the park.'" ~

Click the link below for the monthly schedule and reservation information.


Military Temporary Lodging for the White Sands National Park is very convenient. Holloman Air Force Base is right next door.

The Holloman Inn on Holloman AFB offers queen-size and standard rooms and queen-size suites with a pullout sofa. Pets are allowed in this facility. Fees and restrictions apply.

The Holloman Air Force Base FamCamp is open year-round and offers sites with full hookups and an overflow area with no hookups. Pets are allowed in this campground, but vaccinations are required, and pets must be leashed and attended to at all times.

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