Because I took so many photos of White Sands National Monument, I am going to split them up into a three-part series. We arrived at the park mid-afternoon and stayed until past sunset. As the photos progress, you'll see the lighting change the colors of the sand, sky, and mountains as the sun moved lower in the sky. The earliest photos, right as we entered the park, have more desert vegetation and look beach-like. Further into the park, there were expanses with little to no vegetation that looked like an isolated desert or even craters on an alien planet. Surprisingly, the whiteness of the sand makes it very cool to the touch, and there was a steady wind, which you'll see created a shimmery, soft quality to the sand. Luckily, I didn't get any in my eyes or camera!