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White Sands National Monument

Address: 19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone Number: (575) 479-6124
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Alamogordo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Owner description: Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Owner 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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Albuquerque
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I spent the weekend visiting White Sands and Carlsbad and loved every moment of it! The White Sands National Monument was beautiful in all aspects of the word plus the weather was night and day different than the weather in Albuquerque. I wish I would have brought a sled but I still enjoyed able to walk around on the sand... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We stopped at White Sands with our young children (age 2.5 and 5) on a road trip from Texas to California. This was a highlight of our trip, and definitely worth the stop! We rented a used toboggan (cheaper than buying a new one) at the visitor's center and were able to return it for a credit of a few... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Such a unique and beautiful place. Checked out the sunset on New Year's Eve and came back on New Year's Day. Hiked the 5-mile loop to the flats and back. Awesome dunes and other formations. Walked the last 3 miles barefoot and got a thorough pedicure. Sledding the dunes was a lot of fun. If you don't have your own... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Was I still on earth or what? A moment you entered the park, you are surrounded by the white sands made from gypsum crystals. Bring water, picnic food, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. The sun reflects on white sands even during winter. Very bright there. Sand dunes are photogenic, however as the guidebook said, using a Circular Polarizer Filter will help... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It's simple. If you are here. You need to go. Sunsets, hiking, BBQ whichever. It's beautiful. Photography is a great opportunity to get some shots.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The visitor's center and gift shop are historical adobe buildings, rich with character, and easily found right on route 70. Driving the dune loop is quite the experience as roads are frozen looking and sand is plowed like snow. Adding to the ambiance, it was 42 degrees while we were there and there was some snow mixed in the sand... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My boyfriend and I had such an amazing time at white sands. Imagining what they look like is one thing, seeing it in person is something different. We took our little dog and she had the best time running up and down the dunes. We also stopped to watch the video and look at the exhibitions to learn more about... More 

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albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

2nd time and still this place is so wonderful and majestic. Easy to get to and has a nice visitor's center with a gift shop

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New York City, New York
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270 reviews 270 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I almost missed this park- so glad I went in. It was beautiful and quite different than other dunes I had visited previously. If your in the area, spend a few hours there and make sure you get on top of a dune for scenic views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I guess there is no need to talk about the beauty of this place. Snow-looking sand, How great is that! There is an enterance fee of $3 per person but there are a few days in the year that this is fee is waived. You can check the White Sands website to see those dates. The gift shop in the... More 

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