One super cool place 2 explore is White Sands in New Mexico. This past December we took a drive to Taos from Austin and on the way back I wanted to stop by and check this place out. I am glad we did! It is about 45 minutes from Route 25. A boring drive, but out of the blue you start to see this white sand appear. Enter in the park and you can see lots of small pull off areas to explore the dunes! Start climbing and cool views are all around!! Get back in your car and throughout the park you can see people riding plastic sleds down the dunes. I saw a couple people take a digger…its not snow..but takes a little experience to get it just right. The only downfall of this visit was that as soon as we got home from the trip…I had to spend about an hour vacuuming the tons of sand in the car!! =)) If you ever get a chance…a must visit!!