National Parks 2022: White Sands National Park

It’s time for the annual National Parks Club/KAL!

Every month from May-August, we’ll be releasing 4 new parks colorways. We have almost exhausted all of the traditional US National Parks, so this year, we’ll be showcasing other National Parks areas, such as National Recreation Areas, Heritage sites, etc. Featured parks will fall under one of 4 categories:

  • National History – Eastern USA
  • National History – Western USA
  • Indigenous Culture
  • Human Rights Leaders/notable people

Check out our Socks and Hats on Vacay/Staycay summertime KAL with our friend Shannon Squire, too: https://shannonsquire.com/socks-hats-on-vacay-2022/

Thanks for exploring parks and making socks with us once again this summer! To get your yarn, check out our list of LYS’s offering National Parks (Parks yarn will ONLY be available at our LYS partners through the summer): http://knittedwit.com/parks-2022/

And, to play our new-to-2022 Vacay Bingo game, head in to your participating LYS and grab a gameboard or download it here: http://knittedwit.com/parks-2022/

Where is it located?

In South Central New Mexico, near Las Cruces.

Whose land does it reside upon?

Mescalero Apaches are the only Native Americans who occupy the Basin today, although many indigenous groups have occupied and traveled through the land for millenia. In fact, in 2021, footprints were discovered that have been dated to 23,000 years, upending a lot of what modern science has long believed about human habitation of what is now America. This article, written from an indigenous perspective, is very interesting, and shines light on how much of scientific discovery is colored by the perspectives, biases, and privileges of those making and writing about those discoveries: https://www.hcn.org/issues/53.11/indigenous-affairs-archaeology-the-white-sands-discovery-only-confirms-what-indigenous-people-have-said-all-along

When was it established?

December 20, 2019

About this park:

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Park preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.

Colorway inspiration:

For our colorway inspiration, we scrolled through the White Sands NP Instagram page, and let the many gorgeous photos inform our choice of colors: https://www.instagram.com/whitesandsnps/

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