The full moon is this Wednesday, and White Sands National Monument has extended hours, open until 11 pm. Perfect timing for a full moon hike!
Sorry for the late notice and it being in the middle of the week. Hopefully, the full moon will fall on a weekend later in the summer so we can repeat this again.
Otherwise, this 4½–5 mi hike is relatively flat yet still somewhat strenuous (it's loose sand dunes the entire route).
This is not the same as the ranger-led full moon walk, which is on Tuesday and requires RSVP (now full).
Note on footwear: if you've done this before, you know to wear ankle-high footwear, or go barefoot (easier than it sounds). Gypsum sand is not fun in your shoes.
Please bring a flashlight in case of emergencies; please don't plan on using it (it's better to walk only by moonlight).
I'd like to start the hiking by 8:00 pm; we'll see sunset out in the dunes and give us 3 hours to enjoy the hike.
$3/person entry fee (good for a week).
- Las Cruces: At 7:15 pm, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map ( OpenStreetMap or Google Maps). I am going to grab dinner at Habañeros at 6:30 pm, if anyone else is interested.
- El Paso: At 6:45 pm, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map ( Google Maps). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize!
- White Sands: At 8:00 pm, across the road from the Alkali Flat trail head, near the restrooms.
More information: Alkali Flat Trail at the NPS; Map; GPS track.