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White Sands National Park

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Transitioning from a national monument to a national park, White Sands National Park protects the largest gypsum dune field in the world. Park managers and friends of the park work toward public access and maintenance of the solitude and silence of the dunes.

Located in southern New Mexico, the park is located outside of the city of Alamogordo. The White Sands Visitor Center and Dunes Drive is off U.S. Route 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces.

Driving Tour
Dunes Drive is an 8 mile road into the dunes.

Key Links
nps.gov/whsa/index.htm
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https://goo.gl/maps/AKJcQ621BS9os14o6

Headlines
Posts From The Road: White Sands National Park – Los Alamos Daily Post
https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2019/12/19/new-mexico-politicians-plan-celebrate-white-sands-national-park-designation/2687737001
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/national-parks/2019/12/12/white-sands-national-monument-step-closer-becoming-national-park/4407768002
nationalparks.org/explore-parks/white-sands-national-monument
http://krwg.org/post/white-sands-celebrates-national-park-services-100th-anniversary

National Park Bill
In May 2018, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, introduced a bill to designate White Sands a national park. Heinrich consulted with monument officials, the National Park Service, White Sands Missile Range, the U.S. Army, and Holloman Air Force Base before the bill was introduced in Congress. The bill is supported by the Alamogordo City Commission, the Las Cruces City Council, the Mescalero Apache Tribal Council, the Town of Mesilla Board of Trustees, Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss, New Mexico Senator Ron Griggs (Republican), the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Southern New Mexico Public Lands Alliance.

On December 11, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which included legislation that would re-designate White Sands National Monument into White Sands National Park.[26] President Trump signed the bill on December 20, redesignating it as a national park and transferring land both to and from the missile range and protecting additional land, adding a net 4,855 acres to the park.

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