After a few hot and dusty days in the far reaches of Big Bend, we turned our car back north and returned to New Mexico for a final stop in the southern reaches of the state. We spent a night in the historic town of Mesilla, adjacent to Las Cruces and then spent the following morning hiking dunes at White Sands National Monument.
Endless blue skies and remarkably mild temps made for a great visit to this surreal landscape where beyond layered dunes lie higher snow-capped peaks.
Backcountry camping is available via a limited number of permits for several tent sites nestled within the dunes, something we weren't prepared to do, but can imagine the nighttime experience would be incredible.
If you go - do try sledding, but don't bother buying a sled at the visitor center on your way in, there are plenty of abandoned ones hanging around the parking lots waiting for you to take them for a quick spin.