Had we been at White Sands 2 weeks later, we would not have been chased off by the rangers! I got so enraptured by the waxing crescent moon and Venus nearby (not visible in this photo), I lost track of the time. We had to be out by 8:00 PM (the rangers came by at 7:40, they were very nice about telling us we had to go!). Had we been there for the full moon 2 weeks later, we could have stayed a little longer. The park stays open on the night of the full moon each month for moonlight walks on the dunes.