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Backpacker Magazine – May 2000
The lunarlike landscape and dark skies of this preserve make White Sands one of the best places for star watching.
Getting There: From Las Cruces, drive 52 miles northeast on US 70/82 to the monument.
Prime Time: The last 2 weeks of October and November, when the moon is absent from the evening sky.
Guides: The Stars: A New Way to See Them, by H. A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin, 800-225-3362; $11.95).
Contact: White Sands National Monument, (505) 479-6124; www.nps. gov/whsa.