If you take a drive on US-54 E; just located an hour & a half outside of El Paso, you'll find the home of White Sands National Park (or White Sands National Monument).

Now the US is home to amazing national parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite or the Grand Canyon but I think White Sands IS the most interesting national park in our country.

Here are some reasons why:

The amount of stuff shot at White Sands: Since 1950, over 20 films have been shot at White Sands & countless tv shows/commercials/documentaries. Some notable film titles include 2 Transformers movies (1 & Revenge of the Fallen), The Men Who Stare at Goats & of course the movie NAMED after the park, White Sands.

And don't forget the music videos; The Scorpions, Puff Daddy, Martina McBride are just a few names who shot videos at White Sands.

The activities you can do in the day or night: There's no shortage of things to do at White Sands; if you want to enjoy the outdoors there's always hiking, sledding, camping

There's plenty of spots for off-roading if you so wish.

Also how many parks can say they have a music/hot air festival?

It's the best place to take your dog: White Sands IS a pet friendly park so if your pooch wants to run around and dig holes in the ground, they can! It's a doggy playground at that point. Just make sure to bring plenty of water and food for them if you make the trip.

Military & history bluffs will love the park & what's next to it: Anyone's who's been to Whites Sands knows of the White Sands Missile Range.

Missile Range
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It's been the home to countless military testing including rocket launches like the V-2 Rocket,

V-2 Bomb In Flight
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Don't forget the Trinity Site; one of the main testing sites for the Manhattan Project during World War II.

In fact you can find a lot of archived military footage of the White Sands Missile Range from WAY back.

Of course I didn't even mention the museums, the hiking trails or the wildlife you can find at Whites Sand. There's a lot to behold there that you'll have to go see for yourself.

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