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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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Richmond, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This national monument is such a steal - it only costs $3 a person! Considering the price of other parks / monuments and other attractions in the area this one is very inexpensive. I'd suggest watching the short video before starting into the monument - it plays every 30 minutes or so. There are two gift shops, mailbox, snack bar... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I highly recommend the sunset walk in the park. Your park admission is all you need to take the one-hour guided walk on the fascinating dunes. Afterwards, drive further into the park and slide down the dunes and watch the beautiful sunset followed by the stars coming out in full force... The white sands must be seen and experienced to... More

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Manteca, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
23 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Wow this was like going to the snow in the hot weather. The sand looks like snow. You can play in it like snow. They even rent the saucers so you can do some sledding. The dunes are up to 50 ft high and you can climb them, hike or picnic. They have bathrooms and a gift shop. Nice boardwalk... More

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Houston, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Visiting the White Sands was a one of a kind experience. There were trails to explore and dunes to climb or slide down. My advice would be to go either early in the morning or later in the evening. We had to visit mid-day, and it was almost too hot to enjoy the park.

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Warsaw, Poland
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

not as a main goal of a trip. The sand is realy white! ;) and makes a realy big effect. Umpresive place to see on the way to another spot.

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