White Sands and Carrizozo Malpaís, New Mexico, USA33.5N 106W
The White Sands National Monument is a protected area of glistening white sands rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin, in New Mexico, USA. Here, dunes have engulfed 275 square miles of desert creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield.
North of the White Sands is the Carrizozo Malpais, one of the youngest volcanic features in the state of New Mexico. The 75 kilometer long Malpais, is composed of basaltic lava flows.