We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

White Sands National Monument

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone Number: (575) 479-6124
Website
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,352 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1110
    Excellent
  • 213
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
White Sands backpack

I had been trying to get down here for around 8 months, but things kept on interfering with my plans. Finally, I drove down from Albuquerque, and kept a beady little eye on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
VWells1960
Add Photo Write a Review

1,352 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Heiligenhaus, Germany
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

All I remember is white for as far as the eye can see. It makes you feel as though you are on another planet. The missile range is about 30 minutes away. These are nice stops from Las Cruces to Ruidoso, where you can go to the horse races!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

The bathrooms in the visitor center not only are gross but they have a realllllllllllllly hard time flushing. One of the sinks were out of order and what appeared to be the machine to hold towels or otherwise provide a way to dry your hands did nothing. The little museum is a typical small town museum. Three of the displays... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Haven, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I was dreaming to visit this place, It's wonderful except the weather at that day,,it was raining and windy ,but we didn't care.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I had been trying to get down here for around 8 months, but things kept on interfering with my plans. Finally, I drove down from Albuquerque, and kept a beady little eye on the weather forecast. The last thing I wanted was for it to be windy as my plans were to backpack in with my two dogs and do... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Harrold, South Dakota
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you get a chance to see the white sand national park, don't miss it. Make sure you take your shoes off and walk in it. It is so fine and feels so good on your bare feet. Stop at the visitor's center and museum and pick up a sled because you will want to slide down the white sand... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Richland, Washington
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I have always wanted to go here and finally made it. First off I must tell you that on a sunny day, TAKE SUNGLASSES! You will need them. I forgot mine and it was hard to see as it is so bright. The sand is very firm and you barely make tracks when walking. It just looks like snow except... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
96 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

These white gypsum sands are unique. The drive in is interesting with the ever-shifting sand dunes moving on both sides of the road. There is also a walkway where you can get out and see some of the flora and fauna. On days when the military is firing missiles the park may be closed for safety.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Huntington Beach Ca
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

When we got there it was just getting dusk with a storm on the horizon. The sand was AMAZING reflecting the purple of the sky and the storm clouds it looked like another planet. We drove out into it until it got dark and they were closing the park. The next day we went out again to do a little... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

My photos show us in an arctic-like environment; unless you cue in that there isn't snow up to our knees, you'd think we're standing in the snow! It was blindingly white, unbelievably windy, and unlike anything we've ever seen. This is a must-see!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marietta, Georgia
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Large white "sand" dunes (gypsum) that are a blast to climb and slide down on one of their blue discs. Buy for $14.99 at the gift shop (they will buy it back for $5). Picnic areas abound, sunset walk about an hour before sunset.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed White Sands National Monument also viewed

 

Been to White Sands National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of White Sands National Monument and other visitors
12 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (12)

Questions? Get answers from White Sands National Monument staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?