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Early morning drive to White Sands to see liftoff of hot air balloons. Liftoff is at 7 am. Meet at Kmart at 6 am. Meet at Backpacker Loop Trailhead at 7:00 am, if not coming from Las Cruces. I think dogs are allowed but they need to be on a leash.
Plan on hiking Backpacker's Loop, 2 miles while watching the balloons lift off across the park. Dependent on time maybe do another short hike in the park or some sledding. Be back to Las Cruces by 11 or 12.