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White Sands' moonlit hike to Alkali Flat-with concert after if we finish b/f 10

First moonlight hike of 2013 at White Sands National Monument, in the dark lit only by moonlight—does it ever get old? (shamelessly using Samat's old listing)

Each month during the summer, White Sands has a "full moon night" where the park is kept open an extra hour or two. Perfect for some night time, moonlit hiking. The park closes at 11 pm.

Note: this is different than the National Park Service's "Full Moon Hike", which is much shorter (1 mi), and requires reservation in advance.

Please bring (apart from the obvious, like water):

  • Flashlight (for emergency purposes only, please don't use it and walk by moonlight instead)
  • A potassium-containing snack (i.e. banana) — going up & down dunes is tiring, and we don't want to take too long.
  • Sweater/jacket — it may be chilly.
  • Something to drink for after the hike, if you are planning on going to the concert or hanging out for a while after the hike.

If you have a GPS, please bring it, and load the GPS track linked below onto it.(I don't have a GPS, so please don't expect me to track the hike.)

DISTANCE is ~5 mi loop.

ELEVATION GAIN is some 200 ft elevation lost, but effectively it is much more because of the up & down of the dunes

FEES: $3/person. If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here.

DURATION: From sunset (6:30 pm?) to whenever we get back (probably between 9–10 pm).

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash).

SKILL LEVEL is is good for a first hike, but still somewhat challenging; the sand is loose and the hike is medium-length (5 mi).

TERRAIN is gypsum sand dunes. The recommendation is that you walk barefoot; otherwise, high-ankle boots/shoes with gaiters (to keep sand out of your shoes) also work great.

WEATHER is clear.

AFTERWARDS If we get done before 10pm I am planning on going to watch the end of the full moon concert. If it is later than 10pm, I am planning on having a drink and watching the moon for a while before heading back, since it is a Friday night. According to the park website, alcohol is prohibited until June 1.

MEET for carpool at:

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  • Pauline M.

    really liked everyone what a great eperience learned alot about border patrol

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Raena

    Thanks to everyone who attending for a wonderful hike. We had some snafus, but everything was ok in the end. The sunset with the cloud formation in the east was amazing. Lighting over the dunes, but still far away was great too. Please post any picture you took (found my camera on kitchen table when I got home). See everyone next time.

    1 · May 25, 2013

    • Raena

      "who attended". (did not have coffee this morning before I wrote this.)

      May 25, 2013

  • Raena

    Please remember if you carpool to compensate your driver for gas! I am planning on bringing my sled.

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will be coming from El Paso. We will meet you at the visitors center.

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    From ELP-New to the meet up; I will probably go directly to the visitor center. Look forward to meeting everyone there and doing this hike!

    May 23, 2013

  • Yubao

    I'll meet you guys at the visitors center.

    May 22, 2013

    • Yubao

      Since I won't be doing day hike in Sacramento Mountains, I will meet everybody at KMart.

      May 23, 2013

  • meghan R.

    This sounds fantastic! Wish I could come. I have to wrk tomorrow and sat:-(

    May 23, 2013

    • Raena

      We try to do this hike every full moon from May-Oct, so there will be other opportunities. See you next time.

      May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    with my two IGs

    May 23, 2013

  • Raena

    If you are not planning on meeting the group at KMart, please post here where you are planning on meeting the group. Thanks!

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'll meet you at the visitors center at 6:15pm

    May 19, 2013

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