Broad And Valles Canyons

Alamogordo, New Mexico 88311

Broad And Valles Canyons

Broad And Valles Canyons Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"At Broad Canyon the foothills are softly stroked with creosote bush and the rolling slopes are slashed with cliffs of tan volcanic rocks tilted this way and that. For those who enjoy something a bit different, it is a place of solitude and wild exploring. Both Valles and Broad canyons are narrow defiles filled with rocky delights.

A hike at White Sands is a unique experience. This huge sand pile is composed of gypsum, not the more common quartz. Gypsum sand is soft-grained and smooth, giving these dunes a different, pleasant feel to bare feet. The fine sand also makes for easy animal tracking. The gypsum weathers out of the ancient seabed rocks of surrounding mountains. It is dissolved and transported by runoff, accumulating in Lake Lucero in the
western part of the monument."

Broad And Valles Canyons Trip Reports

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10/16/2008
A very interesting experience and a great way to explore the white sands up close. We found it easy to moderate, and of course going early on a late fall day meant the temperature was very enjoyable.
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9/12/2008
This is a surreal "5 star" hike - and dog friendly. It was like being on a snow field - except hot. The theme from "Lawrence of Arabia" kept playing in my head. The trail changes position and character as the dunes move. When I hiked it it was not as described in the guide - it was a loop! A tip: Slightly deviating from the trail to keep on the crests uses far less energy than trying to climb dunes.
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Trail Information

Alamogordo
Nearby City
9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
September to May
Season
USGS Sierra Alta and Souse Springs
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