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White Sands National Monument

19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 479-6124
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Alamogordo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Geologic Formations, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Description: Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Lexington, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

When you think of New Mexico, many people automatically think Roswell and Aliens. Well, although they have their fair share of extraterrestrial tales, they also have some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes you'll find anywhere. We rented a car for the 7 days we visited and pretty much drove around the state. Eventually we ran into White Sands... More

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Tularosa, New Mexico
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Love White Sands National Monument! Feels like you might be on the moon when you get away from the road. You can hike on the dunes(bring a compass) or sled down them. Water is recommended too. During the summer Full Moon nights are fun, they have a program, and watching the moon rise and illuminate the dunes is beautiful! Lots... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Every time I have visited White Sands we have left wanting more. There's fun for everyone: digging in the sand and making vast sand canyons for the kids, sliding down the slopes for kids and teens, and sitting amid the quiet and vast desert landscape for the weary adult.

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Toronto, Canada
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My hubby described White Sands to me before we made the visit on our annual road trip. I still had no idea how beautiful it would be. We went early in the morning to avoid the real heat. We must have avoided any crowds as well as there were only about a dozen people at the same big dune where... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited White Sands Monument Easter weekend. Saturday afternoon was a perfect day,even though it was raining lightly when we arrived. We waited about 30 minutes before it stopped, but it did not stop the surrounding families sliding down the dunes on rentable discs. After the rain stopped we walked across the dunes away from the crowds.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

OK, you want a perfect visit? Here is the Deal. After breakfast, head out from your hotel and hit the visitor's center, buy your disk for sledding, watch the movie, shop and do the Junior Ranger activities. NOW, drive out...plan to spend less than 30 minutes and DON'T SLED now. Get out, perhaps scale a dune, look at all the... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Didn't take advice of seasoned travelers here and went mid-day. Not cool for us. Store has some really cute souvenirs, Not sure if it was worth it to get the sled...it was a slow anticlimactic ride down. The natural beauty is really breathtaking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived around noon, but it wasn't too hot or crowded. We decided to take the drive thru first. Stopped & got our tickets, then you drive the first 4 miles on a paved road without stopping. I was surprised at how much green you still see but as you go further in it becomes more just sand. We stopped... More

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Pasadena, MD
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18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went here to photograph a "supermoon" moonrise in mid-July. That turned out to be a bust due to heave clouds. We did manage to get a few images at sunset. Surprisingly people do a lot of sledding in the dunes which are not soft and mushy like most dunes. Other than talks and walks with rangers, there's not much... More

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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Be prepared for the heat and whiteness of it all. You absolutely need sun glasses, it is blinding. Watch the little movie in the visitor center, informative (and cool). You can drive in and explore on your own at your own pace. We loved it, the teens loved it. We brought sleds with us from our rental (or you can... More

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