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Dune Life Nature Trail, NM

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance Loop 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 4,002 feet
Elevation Gain 20 feet
Accumulated Gain 130 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 45 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.65
Backpack No
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White Sands National Monument
15  2010-02-22 imike
Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Sun  6:17am - 5:21pm
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Ask The Fox...
by imike

This illustrated and informative Nature Trail out in the White Sands National Monument is worth the hour. It is especially worth the effort if you happen to have some younger adults along on the trip, but even if it is an all adult trek, take the time. The route is a simple one mile loop, but it is set on the boundary of the dunes proper, and the terrain is different than what is to be found out in the midst of the rolling sands. Here there are grassy meadows and interesting distant views of the Sacramento Mountains, all the way over into Texas to the southeast.

And, there is Katy, the Kit Fox.
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Katy narrates a series of informational placards scattered around the loop. This loop is all about what Katy has to say... check out some of the bits in the pictures... I only shot the first half... you'll have to go do the loop to see the rest.

If you want to put this loop to a great use, use it as a nice running loop... sprint to each Katy placard, then rest just long enough to read the little bit... then, off again. A quality cardio interval loop.

This loop also makes a very good route for first of day and/or end of day photos shoots... with the added aspects of the meadows and both mountain ranges in view, the variety of potentials for light and textures is greater than in many of the other roadside photo opportunity areas.

Combine this informative hike with the boardwalk loop further down the road and you have a couple of easy hikes to get you set for the further adventures to be found deeper into the monument.

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2010-02-22 imike
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    National Monument Fee $10-25 per 7 Days

    White Sands National Monument
    Monument Entrance Fees

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    40 miles east from Las Cruces, or 13 southwest from Alamogordo to the White Sands National Monument... pay the entry fee and drive a couple miles to the signed turnoff for the Dune Life Nature Trail, on your left... park in the one way loop area off the main road.
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