The road heads in 8 miles, bring plenty of water as they tell you more than once, Theres not water past the gate.
<>Arrived at the trailhead, the Alkali Flats trail is a 4 1/2 mile loop trail into the far reaches of the park. The is no actual trail to follow, you hike from one marker to another as the dunes are always moving.
<>View from the trailhead
Yours Truly sporting mysytlish hiking gear.
Some Plants and animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in the harsh enviorment.
Trail markers, some are close together, some are up to 500 yards apart, others disappear altogether in the shifting dunes.
Hard to see in this shot, but when the sun is at the right angle the gypsum crystals sparkle like dimonds in the sands.
The white dunes are just beautiful.
At 2 1/2 miles in you can see parts of the White Sands missile range complex in the distance.
Where the cystals form t make up the dunes.