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White Sands National Monument

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Address: 19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone Number: (575) 479-6124
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Activities: Driving, Hiking
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.
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There is no place like this

We enjoyed this a lot. It has appeal for all ages. The park staff were friendly and helpful. Bring water. It is smart that there is no alcohol for Fe thru may. Everyone we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this a lot. It has appeal for all ages. The park staff were friendly and helpful. Bring water. It is smart that there is no alcohol for Fe thru may. Everyone we observed were enjoying their visit. Sledding is an unusual treat

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Northfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Absolutely breathtaking. Sunsets spectacular. Hiked the backpacking trail; great view of the various dunes and the mountains on the backdrop. Truly a memorable day!

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Osage Beach, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Another great National Monument. Absolutely beautiful. Eight mile round trip to drive thru the dunes. One can rent a round plastic sled at the gift shop to slide down the dunes. Nature at it's best.

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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293 reviews 293 reviews
98 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Don't miss this place if you're near Alamogordo or Las Cruces, NM. We stopped in for just a few hours and left excited to return. Our tour guide walked us through the diversity of the landscape and explained both the plant and animal life. The sand is super soft, fun to explore, and there were a ton of people just... More 

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Unbelievable white sand and dunes. Get away from everything-cars, people, etc. Experience the absolute silence. It's unreal. We have never been in a place where you could hear nothing. It was amazing. We highly recommend making a stop here. We stayed for the sunset. It was beautiful over the white sand. They are very strict however on the closing time.... More 

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Powell River, Canada
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is a fascinating area and well worth a visit. We arrived later in the afternoon so had the evening sun and also there were not many people in the park. It made it great for taking pictures - the ones I sent to our families thought it was a lot of snow!

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Tacoma, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Go in and drive the loop. Stop and climb the dunes. The view is well worth the time and effort. Amazing to walk on the soft powder in places and firm powder in others.

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Bergamo
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We decided to visit this park during our holiday on the road just at the end, in August. We had already visited Grand Canyon, Bryce, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Zion, Arches, Mesa Verde, so we didn't expected so much from this "not well know" park. This was of the most beaufitul experience during our Holiday! At the beginning, it seems... More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My wife and I have been to a lot of national parks. This is unreal. It's beautiful. Something like from a movie. Bright white sand and blue sky. When we arrived at the visitors center it was well kept and courteous staff. Noting was out of place. The restrooms were xtra clean as was the grounds. Even the restrooms in... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

White Sands is certainly a can't miss spot if you're in the southern New Mexico area. Pack plenty of sunscreen and visit the gift shop for a used dune sled with wax cubes. The entire park is full of breathtaking white sand dunes as far as you can see. Prepare to get sand everywhere and just have fun going down... More 

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