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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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155 reviews 155 reviews
72 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is THE place for fun in the sand and sun. Kids love just rolling around in and on the soft, cool, white sand. Hiking over the endless dunes is perfect at sunset with a ranger led walk. Picnic tables and restrooms are plentiful. Expect wind and blowing sand. Like it or not - you'll have a car full of... More

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Terrell, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A visit to White Sands New Mexico is definitely a different kind of experience! As a kid, we used to rent a 'surfboard' to surf the dunes. It is a beautiful and unique place and I recommend it as part of any road trip plan.

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La Quinta, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Check for closures when you plan to visit. Sometimes it can be closed if the missile base is testing nearby. Thankfully, it was open when we drove by. We didn't take part in the 'sand play', but probably would have if it wasn't so hot. Make sure to bring a lot of sunscreen and sunglasses with you. The history of... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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83 reviews 83 reviews
46 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Before you go to this park, I would suggest checking its website for potential road closures - it is surrounded by the White Sands Missile Range, and they do close the highway for missile testing for a few hours at a time. The schedule is on the park alerts section of the website. The park is stunning - the first... More

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Amarillo, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We (myself & my 8 year old daughter) had a wonderful time! We bought souvenirs of such a variety! Another reviewer complained about having to rent a disk- this is not a must! You can borrow them for free from local hotels, use cardboard (lots of people did this), borrow from other people there (we lent ours out), or just... More

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Stitzer, Wisconsin
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11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

When we first entered, it was just ok. Then, at one point you turn a little corner and the sand is nothing but white (instead of grasses on it) and so high and it was like being in another world. We enjoyed walking out on the short wooden pier and also watching others sled down the sand hills.

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Montreal, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I am so glad that I took the time to visit the White Sands National Monument. When I entered this park, it felt like I was at the beach although there wasn't a drop of water in sight. At the same time, after driving a little further, it felt like I had been taken back to winter although it was... More

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Groton, Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This place was awesome! The dunes were beautiful and just amazing place to see. It can be quite windy so protect your eyes! You can rent sleds and sled down the dunes. The sand has quite a "cool" feel to it even though it was in the 80's when I visited. It doesn't collect heat like normal sand would. Definitely... More

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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We went to do the sand dunes on our way through town. We only had an hour or two to spare so we thought this would be a fun stop. We found that you have to BUY the disks to use on the dunes for $20 each and they will buy them back for $5. We decided it wasn't worth... More

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Mexico, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Incredible sands. Incredible vistas. Take a sled! This is a perfect place for kids of all ages to visit.

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