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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: Monuments/ Statues, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Hiking
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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

We love White Sands NM. We love the gypsum "sand". We love the mountains encircling the Monument. We love the peaceful "beach" that we come to walk upon. We love how our fellow New Mexicans and guests from other states and countries dig it just like us.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

In case you want to expand your vizual horizons and experience funny and thrilling moments, White Sands is the right place for you! We (a couple) had a chance to visit this amazing monument one June afternoon. Talking about the monument itself, it is hard to imagine something more impressive. Your eyes will get lost in the white and magic... More

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We had a great time sledding in the dunes! The weather was perfect. The dunes are easily accessible for young & old alike. Children in our group completed the Junior Ranger book & received an awesome patch. Definitely worth the time.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I am so glad that someone thought to save this place for the people and the future. The natural history that is present and the scenery are fantastic. A must see for the whole family.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

Take an hour or more and visit these sand dunes. The striking white sands, the shadows, the vegetation and surrounding mountain ranges are a must see national park. If you have time to join the guided tour you will be richly rewarded with tons of information and beautiful photo ops

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We stopped here for a short tour and picnic, and enjoyed it immensely. The soft gypsum sand never gets hot underfoot, and is a treat to walk barefoot on. It would be great to be there very early in the day or near sunset to photograph long shadows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We went in November on a sunny, calm day! We went on the board walk where information plaques explained about plants, animals and sand.I was wondering why there were slide marks that were strange, but then saw children with round plastic sleds climbing the dunes for a warm ride down! So awesome to see them having fun. The road is... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The park is set up very nice for driving to the dunes. We stopped first at the boardwalk area and met a very well informed volunteer who explained some of the local flora & fauna. Then drove done to picnic area and walked around on the dunes. The white sand is truly dazzling. It was great in November but not... More

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

can't say enough good things about White Sands. We drove the whole way from Sante Fe and it was very well worth the trip! One of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. Went on the sunset stroll with Bob, one of the volunteers. Would recommend speaking to him about the park and our national parks in general, he was... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Super white sands. Really great 1/2 day or full day stop. Very much worth it. It's a great picnic stop, dune hiking, dune sledding place. Bring your own plastic sleds or buy one there. Go to the gift shop past the information/NPS office and they'll be round "sleds" to buy. [you can return it for a credit if you don't... More

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