White Sands National Monument is 45 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico. It is one of the most beautiful glistening white sand dunes we have ever seen in a national park and you can see that in our pictures. We walked on them without our shoes and it was soft and cool to our feet. Good way to get a good foot scrub, sand surf down the dunes or picnic on the 275 square miles of gypsum dunes. A must see especially with a sunrise or sunset!!!!