Join us for a potluck social! Afterwards, stay for the free concert (more information below) or hike out to Alkali Flat during the full moon. The next day is 4th of July so if you are off work you can sleep in! :)
The hike is our usual moon light hike: 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.
Alternatively, you can also go to a concert White Sands National Monument is hosting that evening:
Hard Road Trio (8:30 pm): Stories abound where the prairie meets the mountains-harmonies and groove complement each other on both original and traditional Americana music. Life-long musicians Steve Smith, Chris Sanders, and Anne Luna will capture you with the power of their distinctive voices, Steve's stunning mandolin artistry, and Anne's elegant bass playing and sweet harmonies. Join this Borderland trio for a moonlit summer evening.
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.
- Folding chair or blanket to sit on.
- A dish and/or drink to share during the potluck.
Because we rather focus on socializing and hiking rather than cooking, we are not bringing charcoal or a grill—please bring something to the potluck that tastes good cold! When you RSVP, list what you are bringing. On Google Docs is a list of what everyone is bringing.
Also, alcohol is allowed, though the park strongly urges you to be responsible about glass. If you'd like, feel free to bring a bottle of wine or case of beer to share.
If you're hiking, details for the hike:
DISTANCE is 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. Note credit cards are not accepted—please bring cash.
DURATION: From sunset (8 pm?) to whenever we get back (probably between 10–11 pm).
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash).
SKILL LEVEL is good for a first hike, but still somewhat challenging; the sand is loose and the hike is medium-length (5 mi).
TERRAIN gypsum sand dunes. My 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. It will be warm when we arrive at 6:30 but will cool off very quickly by sunset.
AFTERWARDS we'll go home. It's probably too late to do anything else.
MEET for carpool at:
- Las Cruces: 5:30 pm, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
- El Paso: 5:00 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!