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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: National Parks, Geologic Formations, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Driving, Hiking
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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Buda, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Don't need to write much about this memorable place, since all the previous positive reviews and its matchless beauty, speaks for itself. Best place in Alamogordo to take the family, or just to go by yourself and enjoy the wonders that nature was provided. On a short note, my boys did enjoy sliding down the white sand dunes on their... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The paved road ends after four miles, but the loop road is hard, wide, and accessible with virtually any type of vehicle/RV/UHaul/truck and trailer/moto/bike/etc. Go to the end of the loop for the best viewing and few people. Went this afternoon, cloudy day, no wind, and after a recent rain. Sand was packed in most places for easy walking, and... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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182 reviews 182 reviews
56 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This is a place you should really not miss. It is really worth it to come from far away to visit it. It is not surprising that you see visitors from many countries speaking different languages there. We had seen Monahair State Park in Texas (where there are sand dunes, but they are grey, not white because they're not made... More

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Hacienda Heights, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The scenery was just amazing! I drove about 7 hours one way from Phoenix just to visit this place. I am glad that I did it. Although there were a lot of visitors when I visited, I never felt the crowd once I was in the park. I took some little hikes and was able to enjoy the vast while... More

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Manhattan, Kansas
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The largest formation of white sand dunes at 250 square miles. Sledding down the dunes is a bit overrated but you can make up for that by turning the sleds they rent into surf boards. Amazing dunes and trails. Catch a sunrise or sunset for some fantastic color. Try to go during a full moon when the rangers offer a... More

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Charleston, West Virginia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 NEW

One of the most beautiful places I have seen in America!!!! The sand is pure white and the sky was so blue. If you live close bring your own sled and bar soap They sell the round sleds for $16 and soap to use as wax $3 each to get in the park Amazing. Be sure to go!!!

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Tucson, Arizona
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The bright, white sand requires sunglasses to protect your eyes, but the dunes are a beautiful sight; they look almost as if they had been sculpted. Different designs, some with sharply angled "roofs" others with rolling walls. The heat, reflected off the dunes can be tremendous-a broad brimmed hat is a good idea. You can drive through most of the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is truly an amazing sight to see - the glistening sand dunes everywhere. The nature walks are interesting. It is hot in the daytime, especially in summer, so we limited our hikes. The kids could not wait to get a saucer to slide the dunes. We got the wax and everything. We just sat there stuck - it is... More

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Abilene, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was a awesome site loved it!! We got into town and the hotel asked if we were going said yes tomorrow. They talked us into going then to watch sunset. Got there about 630pm and drive around for awhile played in sand and then sat on a dune and watching the colorful sunset light up the sky!

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stopped here on a recent road trip and the views of the sands were just breathtaking. We went really early in the morning when the monument just opened and the weather wasn't too hot yet. We did the boardwalk first and then drove around the loop to take some pictures and sled. They have sleds to buy (you can... More

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