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White Sands National Monument

19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 479-6124
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We enjoyed visiting, we arrived in the afternoon so was very very hot! Bring lots of water/ice... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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A definite New Mexico treasure ...

We have recently relocated from Wisconsin to New Mexico and are enjoying exploring new areas of our... read more

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Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 479-6124
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed visiting, we arrived in the afternoon so was very very hot! Bring lots of water/ice beautiful spot for a picnic and the sand (ground gypsum) was really cool. Nice boardwalk for viewing but definitely take the drive out to the picnic areas to...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We have recently relocated from Wisconsin to New Mexico and are enjoying exploring new areas of our state. On a recent visit to the southern part of our state, we took the short drive northeast (about 30-40 minutes) of Las Cruces to the White Sands...More

Thank Roger K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A friend told us about this National Monument Park so as we were traveling through the area we stopped for awhile. I would enjoy going back again.

Thank bless235
Reviewed yesterday

This is absolutely gorgeous! The dunes go on and on and if you're lucky to be where there are no other people, you feel like you are on another planet. Nothing but white and more white. It's fun to park and climb up for beautiful...More

Thank RBonTheLake
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent about an hour sledding on the dunes. Then we did the boardwalk trail. We read all of the informational signs. We saw some of the earless desert lizards in the sand. Unfortunately they were to tiny to take a picture of.

Thank Becky B
Reviewed 2 days ago

White Sands is spectacular! We camped there one evening and got rained out, but the skies and the sand were amazing! We were able to photograph the dunes at sunrise. The pink color at sunrise was captured in the sand. Amazing!

Thank nightingale1972
Reviewed 2 days ago

went in late may, the heat was crazy! BRING A LOT OF WATER If you want to get good shots, come early. Not only is the heat better, you will get better photos with less people around. You get to go sand boarding/ sledding. its...More

Thank MNiode
Reviewed 2 days ago

White Sands was one of those "bucket list" type places for me and I'm so happy we came to New Mexico to see it! Driving through the dunes is beautiful. You must get out and climb to the top of at least one because the...More

Thank diaq
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped at the visitor center and then went on down the road to the boardwalk. It was hot- it is a desert after all :) - but gorgeous. We went on down the road to the loop and stopped several times to take pictures...More

Thank Ahlfieldfam
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Forget the sleds! Just jump and roll:) We happened to have swim goggles in the car. Lucky us . I highly suggest it for anyone . The wind is strong and the sand can blow pretty hard.

Thank malleyoh
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Hello Guys , I am planning a road trip from Dallas to ABQ n surrounding places. I have a 4 month old but he enjoys car drives a lot. Is WSNP a great place to check out for us ? any advice to all tourist attractions in NM given our Baby boy situation would be greatly appreciated thank you
19 June 2017|
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Response from Vicki C | Reviewed this property |
Yes WSNP would be a great place to take you son. Their were several kids when we went, and they had a blast running up and down the sand dunes. Since you son is 4 months old I'm sure he'd love to play in the sand.
My sister and I are driving down from ABQ to visit after the balloon fiesta in October. The site says dunes drive opens 7am but we want to go for sunrise. We won't make it in time for sunset. Do we need a special permit for early entry? Is this the only way to be on the sands during sunrise without camping overnight before? Thanks!
13 June 2017|
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Response from Jayant K | Reviewed this property |
I'd contact the park (575-479-6124 or whsa_interpretation@nps.gov) to be sure, but the park is just off the highway 70 - the first thing being the Visitor Center and entrance to the monument behind it. Dunes Drive opens at... More
Mari L
What kind of wax is used for the sleds? And does anyone know how much it costs?
27 May 2017|
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Response from Prajakta L | Reviewed this property |
You ll get rented sleds for $10 to $15 along with the wax cubes...also when you return them...you ll get $5 back