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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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Atkins, AR
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Had a great time watching kids play in the sand. Writing their names and sliding down the dunes. Make sure to bring plenty of water to drink as it is HOT.

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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I've loved going to White Sands since I was a little kid, but it's been a long time since I've gone. Used to be that you needed to remember to bring some cardboard with you, or grab some from a family that was leaving. Now you can buy new or used sliders at the gift shop and then return the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

An amazing natural phenomenon in the middle of a desert. One wouldn't think such a place would exist - where there is basically a white sand beach in the midst of a desert, without the water. Great time exploring on foot and even rented a couple of snow saucers to slide down the dunes. For Northerners used to sledding on... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

walk around the sands and wait until Sunset to see the mountains in purple shade and the sands in beautiful shades of pink and lavender - always a treat for the eye - we have returned many times

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

White Sands National Monument is easy access off Hwy. 70 near Alamogordo,NM. It is for the most part, day use only. Special overnight camping is available by reservation. Check their website. Summertime temps are HOT. Don't forget plenty of water, sunblock, and sunglasses. Winter can be fun too. The water level at these gypsum dunes is very close to the... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Bring an ok saucer style sled and ride it down the dunes. There are so many places to park and hike, you could spend days there. Fun for the hole family. Just make sure that you bring food and water.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

it.. it just... it just happens automatically to kick sandals off, place feet in clean, dry sands! huge hills for miles of white sand dunes walking, walking in this glistening beautiful stuff. a city girls's dream <3 rainbows blessed the sky all day.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our stop at White Sands. The main attraction is really sledding on the dunes, so make sure to bring a sled or buy one (and some wax) at the visitor center gift shop (a bit pricey, but convenient). We were there late in the day and didn't have a chance to do any hikes, but are some hiking... More

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Busan, South Korea
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63 reviews 63 reviews
41 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful experience! We'd been here more than 10 years ago and were stunned by the eerie feeling we got - It looked like snow, but it was hot! This time around, it was much cooler - southern NM finally got some rain - but it was no less amazing. Driving around between the pure white dunes, stopping every... More

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Cobleskill, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

One of the main reasons I traveled to New Mexico this summer was to visit the White Sands Monument. We were not disappointed. Very reasonable admission. Absolutely amazing. Like nothing I have ever seen before. We enjoyed sledding down the dunes & the gift shop as well. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a unique & enchanting experience.... More

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