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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...
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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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United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

A very beautiful place that it may take some effort to drive to, but it is definitely worthy the time. You can easily spend several hours there and the sunset is definitely the best so I'd recommend to time your visit right so you spend enough time wondering in the endless white sands, and then witness the beautiful sunset before... More 

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Munich, Germany
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A very impressive White desert, great place for sunset photography. The boardwalk with Information on desert life was very informative and the opportunity to climb some dunes to watch an enchanting sunset behind the hills was gorgous. It was definitely worth the long drive and accomodation for the night in nearby Alamogordo is easy and inexpensive.

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

At the visitors center, rent one of those giant frisbee-looking things. They're loads of fun sliding down the white dunes. White Sands National Monument is a photographer's delight, especially during sunset. I highly recommend doing the sunset stroll guided by a park ranger. The mountain backdrop with the all-encompassing white sand dunes as a foreground give a unique and exceptional,... More 

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Albuquerque
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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

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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21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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58 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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