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White Sands National Monument

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Address: 19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone Number: (575) 479-6124
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Activities: Hiking, Driving
Description: Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting...
Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
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One of the Top 10 coolest things to see in the 48 contiguous states!

Have traveled 46 states so far, and would definitely place White Sands in the top 10 places that I've ever seen in those states, and definitely the highlight of our New Mexico... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Awesome park but not much more than miles and miles of white sand. Amazing sand... I'm sure all that sand in the middle of the desert is amazing in and of itself but, yeah. Thats about it. White sand-very reflective...Bring sunglasses, lots of water, and something to do. Maybe slide down a hill or two with one of those sleds...

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

there is a lot of sand here. It is made up of gypsum from the nearby mountains. It is quite unusual. If you are interested plan on spending at least 3 hours to see the dunes, the visitors center, and the gift shop. Bring water, it is hot in the summer and has low humidity. This location is run by... More 

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Orchard Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Have traveled 46 states so far, and would definitely place White Sands in the top 10 places that I've ever seen in those states, and definitely the highlight of our New Mexico trip. We went twice, once the evening we arrived - where we saw an awesome sunset and again the following day. We paid one fee, and could use... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our time at White Sands. Go early in the day or in the evening if it is summer because it gets really hot. The sand itself doesn't, but the day definitely is. You can buy a sled in the gift shop which is a must no matter your age. Early in the day, they have used ones... More 

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Steinbach, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We planned on visiting only once during our stay in Alamogordo. We arrived earlier than expected on our first day so we decided to catch the sunset and free up our second day for swimming. We started by going to the information center at the park to get their advice on the best way to enjoy the dunes and they... More 

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Newark, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This place is beautiful. There are sleds to rent from the visitors center-although we did not rent them. Upon entering the dunes make sure you take enough water. We took camelbaks and a flat of water. There is sign advising there is no water available once entering. We saw many families picnicking and having fun on the dunes. Some families... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

White Sands was great. I love the vast landscapes and the white sand. I've been here at sunrise and at sunset. Opportunities for great photographs are endless. The hiking and biking are excellent. If you go, please be prepared.Take sunscreen, a light or medium weight jacket and plenty of water. The air is dry. It's very misleading. By the time... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

So, this was one of those unexpected road trips where three middle-agers and one "millennial" found themselves trapped in the same car for eight hours, and while passing by White Sands National Monument someone happened to muse out loud, "Why not?" (as if being in the scorching hot desert sun in mid-August nearing lunch time is not reason enough!). With... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I'm never disappointed when I come here, the sunsets are awesome, sliding down the dunes it's a lot of fun. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Don't let the cool feel of the sand fool you it gets hot.

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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, quiet, moving, white on white, compacted yet blowing sands. Words cannot convey the absolute oneness of the space. We had a picnic lunch in one of the shelters designed to deflect the prevailing winds. For mid-August it was quite pleasant. A must see!

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