While looking at the drive time for today and tomorrow, we decided we needed to trim some of the sights from our itinerary. As such, we skipped Guadalupe National Park and El Paso. Many of the spectacular vistas in Guadalupe Mountains required a three hour hike, time that we didn’t have today. Instead, we drove northwest towards Almagorda through Lincoln National Forest.
We arrived at White Sands National Monument with full intention of sliding down the gypsum sand dunes. But inside the visitor center, we found that they rent sleds for that exact purpose. With sleds in tow, we found a steep slope and began our runs. As exciting as it was, the 100+ degree heat and bright sun reflection off the bright white sand kept the stay short.
On the way out of the surrounding White Sands Missile Range, we stopped by the museum, where missiles from the 50s and 60s were on display. We continued on to Silver City and had dinner in historic downtown. Gila National Forest and Petrified Forest National Park tomorrow.