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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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Spring Grove, Illinois
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86 reviews 86 reviews
22 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The White Sand dunes are composed of gypsum crystals enclosed in Tularosa Basin. Once into the park you can drive an 8-mile loop with several stops. Along the trail we saw a "Little Striped Whiptail" lizard. Great photo opportunities in this unique area. There is a $3.00 fee per car load into the monument. They accept the America the Beautiful... More

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Roswell
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Approaching the dunes from the highway is not impressive, but once you drive through that gate, hen stop and get out of the car, climb on the dunes and see the beauty - you just want to be quiet and soak it all in. In words, it's striking, haunting, memorable, stark, very bright in the sun - lots of places... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We have been to White Sands twice and both times we had a blast! Bring your sand sleds and your surf wax and prepare for a fantastic day! This is especially fun when it has snowed recently. I don't know that I would recommend this in the summer, but in the winter and spring it is fantastic. Well worth the... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

White Sands National Park offers two full moon bike rides each year. Usually one in April and the other in October. You need to register ahead of time and make a reservation because they limit the number of riders. You need a bike (duh) and you need to have front and rear lights attached to your bike. You show up... More

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Massachusetts
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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Nice visitor center and gift shop. There is a $3 pp entrance fee that is good for 7 days. The dune drive is mostly paved but partly you drive on the gypsum. We hiked part of the Alkalai Trail at the end of the dune drive. It is so much fun to walk up and down the dunes but it... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I visited WSNM with my father some years ago and decided to return, this time with my camera (I'm an amateur photographer). I arranged for an early entry one morning, which costs $50/hour per person. (This probably won't appeal to many people, but if you want to catch sunrise during the summer months, it's necessary.) This meant sending in an... More

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Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Our family does a lot of road trip type vacations. We do this because we live away from most of our family, so vacations are often trips to visit family, but we want to explore new things and places. So we do this on the way to and from visiting family. This year, on the way to visit family in... More

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The dunes are beautiful, set against the backdrop of the arid desert colors and mountains. The park rangers at the visitor center were helpful and pleasant. Very affordable.

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Gatineau, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went to White Sands National Monument in August, 2014. It was one of the main reasons we chose New Mexico for our holidays. It is an amazing area and well worth the 5 hour drive from Albuquerque. The dunes are beautiful in their simplicity with the white gypsum almost glowing against the blue sky. We took a sunset stroll... More

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Dallas, Texas
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A walk through the gypsum sands provides insight into life in this area. Drive into the park and slide down the sand dunes. It was unlike any place I had been. Taking photos here are quite challenging, so that make our trip more interesting. A lot can be learned from the visitor center before you hike out into the sands.... More

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