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current events, balloon fiesta, new mexico,

Up, Up and Away at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Starting on October 5th, hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the globe descended upon New Mexico to kick off the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The gathering draws 750 balloons and up to 100,000 daily spectators, making it the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

Explore more photos from this year’s balloon fiesta—from the unique “special shape” balloons to the evening balloon glows—by browsing the #balloonfiesta hashtag and visiting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta location page!

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Location Feature, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico,

Instagramming from New Mexico’s White Sands

See more photos and videos of New Mexico’s white sands by visiting the White Sands National Monument location page.

At the southern end of New Mexico sits a 275-square-mile (710-square-km) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals.

Because gypsum dissolves in water, fields of this type are rare and typically erode over time. But New Mexico’s dunes sit in a basin that does not drain. Instead, water collects in pools that eventually evaporate, creating beautiful gypsum formations that are a popular draw for Instagrammers.

For those interested in visiting, the easiest entry point is the White Sands National Monument, established in 1934 by President Herbert Hoover. Those unable to see the dunes in person can explore the scenic landscape through the lens of other Instagrammers by visiting the White Sands National Monument location page.