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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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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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The White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico is one of the most fascinating sights and places to visit on the planet. The visitor center alone is worth visiting, but... read more

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Saskatoon, Canada
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62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico is one of the most fascinating sights and places to visit on the planet. The visitor center alone is worth visiting, but taking the self-guided drive through the awesome white sand dunes and seeing that life can and does exist even in an apparently hostile environment is a rewarding experience. Make... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went there for something to do while we were waiting to check in to hotel and we actually had a great time. We stayed longer than expected.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing natural beauty. Bring sunscreen and water- it got hot even in late winter/early spring. Our kids and dog loved this for the open space and freedom after hours in the car. Highly recommend visiting.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in absolute awe driving through this place. It provides a sort of mind game, as it looks like hills and hills of snow! But its the softest white sand. We found a nice smooth and steep dune and had a blast sledding down it. Brought our dog who had a great time and also thought it was snow... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best places I have ever visited. It was a beautiful day and you had the feeling you were surrounded bysnow although of course it is white, white sand. When climbing up the hills of sand it is very solid and your feet don't sink in. The white sand with the mountains in the background was... More 

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Flint, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a beautiful place to visit at least once. I enjoyed the stop, and spent about a hour or so. There are several BBQ/ picnic places for a family to set up. They have sleds available for purchase, but I would recommend bringing a plastic one from home if you can!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A unique place, 275 square miles of white sands. If you are able, a hike on the Alkali Flat trail gives you great views of the larger dunes. It's a 5 mile loop but you don't have to do the whole thing. Lots of place to stop off and explore the dunes.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. You must go in winter. I can't imagine how hot this would be in an even 70 degree day. Bring water and wear sunscreen. Sliding down the sand looks like a blast. Walking around on the sand is fun because it varies so much going from your feet... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The White Sand Dunes are a great experience -- it is a 16 mile loop drive and you can stop every few hundred yards. The sand is so white that on pictures you easily can think it is snow. We visited in January and temperatures during the day were close to 60F (ca. 15-16 C) which was warm enough to... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an otherworldly, jaw-dropping place that makes you wonder "how is this on planet Earth?" A hike into the dunes is definitely worth it. Keep in mind that sun is reflected off the sand, so sun exposure-wise you might as well be on snow. Cover up! At least for me, after a few hours, I was ready to leave... More 

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