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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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Taipei
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155 reviews 155 reviews
87 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

No where else like it. Words can't describe how amazingly unique this place is. Strongly recommend 2-3 hrs to enjoy this place. Highly recommend everyone to walk/hike the trail. Unforgettable experience. The sand is so soft. So relaxing to lay on the sand. There is a nominal entrance fee. Plenty of parking available. Bathroom available in parking lot.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place, the seemingly endless dunes are incredible. I did the 5 mile Alkali flat trail. I didn't see anyone else out there, it was great to have this vast landscape to myself! Highly recommended although wear a hat & sunscreen!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

One of the things you should check out when in the area. Doesn't look like much from the highway. Take the Dune road and it won't be long before the beauty shows through. The road is about 8 miles long from start to finish. The video presentation in the welcome center stops at 5 PM.

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El Paso, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

White sands is a great place to take your family, or just by yourself. Had a Great Time up here with the wife, and will diffenenly be coming back soon

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Hollywood, FL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

We did the 5 mile Alkali Trail Hike here after stopping at the visitors center and reading about it in a hiking book. Had the place to ourselves after walking about 1/4 mile away from parking lot. Incredible. Closer in kids riding saucers down dunes looked fun as well. Highly recommend.

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The Netherlands
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143 reviews 143 reviews
44 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

The sun was a blazing and skies clear and blue,,, the sand was so bright you really did NEED your sun glasses,, I saw people wandering around on the sand in bare feet, had to try it myself, it was fantastically cool,, and so soft , the texture is unlike any sand I have ever walked on,.. A tip for... More

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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25 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

stuff. Roll it thru your fingers, it is so different but take none with you of course. It's about 7 miles to the end with picnic areas there so take a lunch. If you wish there are snow disks to buy at $12., get $5 back I think when you get back to the visitors center. People walk to the... More

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Chicago
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is the fourth time I have visited this place and it never ceases to overwhelm me. The location is truly kaleidoscopic: light is always changing, If you are a serious photographer, put on lots of suntan lotion, wear a hat, pack some water and use a where-is-my-car-app for your phone......and park in the north parking lot and walk about... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We got here early to catch the light at sunrise. The gate to the park opens earlier than the visitors center, so we checked that out after! We were happy to have this unbelievable site mostly to ourselves! So many of the glistening dunes were untouched by foot steps, they really looked like new snow in the sun! At the... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

spectacular natural area that allows people to play in sand that looks and acts like snow (except for the temperature). It's a beautifully kept national treasure. There were tons of kids who were gleefully sledding down the dunes. It's a must see.

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