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White Sands Full Moon Night Potluck Social and Concert or Hike

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!

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  • Rosie

    Full moon hike turned into a "no moon hike" but still very enjoyable! Thanks Samat!

    July 6, 2012

  • Samat

    Going into the park and finding a place didn't work out... we lost too many people (my fault--need to provide map next time). Was a bit windy during potluck and hike. Otherwise, company & food was fantastic, as usual.

    July 5, 2012

  • Samat

    @Bob M: See event posting--the White Sands Visitor Center parking lot. A couple folks from El Paso are meeting at Albertsons (10765 Kenworthy Street) instead of Walmart--I didn't get back to a computer till late to change this, so meet where you fancy.

    July 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where do we meet up after arriving at White Sands?

    July 3, 2012

  • Samat

    Sorry about selecting that Walmart, it's usually where El Paso Hikers meet. I went through there yesterday, the construction is pretty messy. But I'm not sure it's a good idea to change the meeting location this late; also, leaving El Paso isn't too bad (coming back is another matter). Any other El Pasoans thoughts on this?

    July 3, 2012

  • Violeta J.

    Thanks Rosie. See you there!

    July 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will plan on meeting at the Albertson's. Look forward to meeting you.

    July 3, 2012

  • Rosie

    Violeta and I are meeting at the Alberstons at 10765 Kenworthy Street to caravan. We will leave at 5:00pm. If anybody wants to carpool, I have two spaces. (There is construction around the Walmart on Transmountain, and thus, difficult to reach.)

    July 3, 2012

  • Violeta J.

    Rosie, I would like to caravan but there is a lot of construction around the Walmart. Maybe meet at Walmart market on hondo pass or at sun valley. There is no crossing transmountain.

    July 2, 2012

  • Rosie

    If anybody wants a ride from El Paso, we have two spaces. We will leave the Walmart at 5:00. Call me or text me,[masked]

    July 2, 2012

  • Mike F.

    Cruces carpool leaving from K-mart (I-25/Hwy 70), I have room for 3 more. I plan to leave the parking lot at 5:30 sharp-ish so be there by 5-5:15 if you want to ride with me! Call or text[masked] to reserve a seat! :)

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've decided to make a Caprese salad.

    July 1, 2012

  • Rosie

    Bringing hummus, pita chips and snap peas.

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing watermelon.

    July 1, 2012

  • Raena

    I will bring a spanish tortilla. I would like to carpool from Cruces.

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing pretzel sticks too :)

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll take either black bean or a chicken salad.

    June 30, 2012

  • Trish

    Norma - I'm guessing the hike will start about 8pm, and that the concert will end about 10:00. I don't think anyone is planning to camp out.

    June 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to car pool

    June 29, 2012

  • Mike F.

    I'll bring some non-alcoholic beverages, cups and ice. Anyone from Las Cruces wanting to carpool, I have some room, Call/text[masked]

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to bring forks and plates

    June 29, 2012

  • Violeta J.

    I will bring rotinni pasta salad. Also would like to know who else is coming from El paso besides me so we can meet. Thanks

    June 29, 2012

  • Trish

    I will bring potato salad.

    June 29, 2012

  • Yubao

    I am bringing fruits and vegetables.

    June 29, 2012

  • Trish­ changed the time from 7:00 PM to 6:30 PM

    May 23, 2012

  • Trish­ changed the location to White Sands National Monument

    May 12, 2012

  • Trish­ changed the time from 8:30 PM to 7:00 PM

    May 12, 2012

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