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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 (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.35083,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17)). 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 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.897292,+-106.439618&aq=&sll=31.897353,-106.435947&sspn=0.001806,0.001269&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16)). 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 (http://www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/alkali-flat-trail.htm); Map (http://osm.org/go/TnRtiLR0--); GPS track (http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=stufjjeefthtmihc).