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Sand sledding and savoring New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument

Irene Thomas sleds down the dunes at White Sands National Monument
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Irene Thomas sleds down the dunes at White Sands National Monument

Just 50 miles from Las Cruces, New Mexico is the ethereal realm of the gypsum sand dunes that have engulfed more than 250 miles of the desert. White Sands National Monument preserves and showcases this dramatic natural earthscape. 

dramatic vistas at White Sands National Monum
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dramatic vistas at White Sands National Monument

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.