ⓘ Lake Lucero is a playa located within that section of the Tularosa Basin that is contained within White Sands National Park in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The ..

                                     

ⓘ Lake Lucero

Lake Lucero is a playa located within that section of the Tularosa Basin that is contained within White Sands National Park in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The playa is noted for the unusually high quantity of water-deposited and wind-deposited gypsum dissolved in its intermittent waters. Annual evaporation cycles have caused much of the gypsum to precipitate into crystals of impure, brownish selenite that line the alkaline mudflats of the lakeshore. The further process of gypsum erosion abrades the fragile selenite, and other precipitated gypsum, into the pure-white sands covering most of the national park.

Lake Lucero is in the section of the national Park, zones of use of the cooperative, to which access is usually restricted for reasons of military security of the United States. Periodic excursions under the guidance of the national Park Service, to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to pay a brief visit to the lake and the surrounding arid desert.

The closest offering tourist facilities Las Cruces and Alamogordo. The combination of us routes 70 and 82 are about five miles South-East of the lake between Las Cruces and Alamogordo, Playa although not visible from the road.