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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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We planned several months in advance for a motorcycle trip down to the dunes during the August full moon. It was beyond expectation! We attended the sunset stroll and learned all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Tijeras, New Mexico, United States
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Hannibal, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

White Sands National Monument is a destination worth planning into your New Mexico trip. Sunset is particularly gorgeous and there are free docent led dune walks at this time. Bring your camera and don't just drive around- you need to get out if the car and climb the dunes. They are brilliant white and go on forever it seems. Don't... More 

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Tijeras, New Mexico, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We planned several months in advance for a motorcycle trip down to the dunes during the August full moon. It was beyond expectation! We attended the sunset stroll and learned all about the dunes and those who live there. There was a concert afterward...you didn't need to see the concert itself, just go grab a dune-top and sit in the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went to White Sands this past weekend for the first time, and cannot wait to return. White gypsum sand dunes as far as the eye can see, as if you are at the most pristine beach in the world; only instead of the ocean being on the far side of the dune there is well, another dune. Bring lots of... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

What an amazing mass of white sand!. It was certainly worth the 5 hour drive to experience the dunes with their unique white color. It appeared to be a winter wonderland. We arrived late in the day (avoiding the extreme heat) but missed the chance to sled down the dunes. We thoroughly enjoyed the natural beauty and colors of the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband and I love this place. We are in our 50s but love sledding down the dunes like kids! These dunes are different every time we come. Always nice to take a walk out on the dunes. ALWAYS TAKE PLENTY OF WATER, IT IS NOT HARD TO BE OUT THERE LONGER THAN EXPECTED BECAUSE ITS SO BEAUTIFUL.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The sand is awesome, and will get absolutely everywhere. Beautiful sight for sure. Don't try to take any sand with you, it's technically part of a national monument (although there will be plenty in your car's carpet later anyway). Also, be very careful during the summer! It gets extremely hot and there aren't any facilities or water in the area.... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed our visit to the White Sands. We got there an hour before sunset and stayed until closing. I liked the walking path with the benches that shows a lot of different greenery. I enjoyed the serenity of sitting on the dunes as the sun set and got some decent pictures. Be aware your cell phone may or... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A must to visit while in the Alamogordo area. Spring & Fall are the best months to visit White Sands National Monument.

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River Edge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's not the beach sand us East Coasters are used to that's for sure. Went 1st to the visitor center to watch a movie regarding the formation of the sand dunes & the geography. THis is also where you go to purchase a sled & wax if you want to attempt going down the dunes. No need to buy/rent a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Awesome park but not much more than miles and miles of white sand. Amazing sand... I'm sure all that sand in the middle of the desert is amazing in and of itself but, yeah. Thats about it. White sand-very reflective...Bring sunglasses, lots of water, and something to do. Maybe slide down a hill or two with one of those sleds...

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