We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone Number:
(575) 479-6124
Website
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,649 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1939
    Excellent
  • 366
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
No place like it!

Love White Sands! Beautiful and fun... truly worth the trip. And it has historical value as it includes the Trinity Site, which you really can't see but know it's out there.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
maggiemayintx
,
Houston, Texas
Add Photo Write a Review

2,649 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 2,366: English reviews
Level Contributor
46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As the title says, this place was beautiful and I am glad we are preserving it. We expected to spend at least a half day here but we found ourselves somewhat bored after 1-2 hours of wandering around. We rented sleds but it was tiresome and repetitive to keep climbing up the sand hills in the hot sun.

Helpful?
Thank Steven-and-Wen
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love White Sands! Beautiful and fun... truly worth the trip. And it has historical value as it includes the Trinity Site, which you really can't see but know it's out there.

Helpful?
Thank maggiemayintx
Kfar Saba, Israel
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The white sands are recommended for the good pictures. Especially nice at sunrise / sunset. Maybe too much hot at summer.

Helpful?
Thank kor729
mpls, mn
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am sure glad that we stopped at white sands. It is just beautiful. The sand (gypsum) feels like it is wet and very cool but it is dry. We walked out on the boardwalk on one of the stops of the drive and the temp was really cool. As soon as we drove out of the sands the temp... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank luvwintervacations
Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
185 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

On the way back from Las Cruces we stopped at White Sands. What a beautiful place. Wish we had time to sled down the dunes. Looked like so much fun. We got out and got some amazing pictures.

Helpful?
Thank debfannin
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This was our first visit to White Sands National Monument for our group of 4. It is a very unique area of our world. We found the video that we viewed prior to our drive through the area to be very informative in our ability to define the various structures we were seeing. A very worthwhile point of interest.

Helpful?
Thank Joanne W
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
199 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stopped in the visitor center and purchased sleds (@ $15 each) for use on the dunes. We drove to a couple of spots and played on the dunes. Bring sunglasses because it is very bright and hard on the eyes. The sand feels like sugar and doesn't stick to you. The sand itself was also rather cool even though... More 

Helpful?
Thank travelingfifties
New Mexico
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting place. After stopping at the visitors center, drive all the way back to the shelter area. Make sure you've got something the sit on to sled down the dunes (a cardboard box flattened out will work).

Helpful?
Thank RodNewMexico
Las Vegas
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for the kids to play. Clean restrooms. Nice picnic areas. Reasonable prices in t he gift shop.

Helpful?
Thank Pauline M
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a drive and walking tour, you need to go one night to see the sunset it is worth it. also when you do the 5-mile walk, BRING THE WATER! bring shaded sunglasses there are dust storms

Helpful?
Thank rich n

Travelers who viewed White Sands National Monument also viewed

 

Been to White Sands National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of White Sands National Monument and other visitors
35 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (35)

Questions? Get answers from White Sands National Monument staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?