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Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 479-6124
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped for a couple of hours on a beautiful day in December. Several hiking trails to walk. Recommend driving to the end of the 8 mile loop and then working your way back out. The bigger dunes are at the end of the loop. There...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jon L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The White Sands are made of gypsum, not quartz. So, the sand does not reflect heat. Families sled the dunes.other tracks included a roadrunner. It made me wonder if Wyle E. Coyote was attempting to capture him using Acme products. My dogs got great exercise...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kdseeman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was very impressed with White Sands National Monument. Beautiful white sand and amazing sunset. Also they have clean restrooms throughout the area. They have a free Sunset Hike that takes about hour to walk among the white dunes as the sun is setting. Very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Frank M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by for a walking stop on our way to Las Cruces. We stopped at the entry and got a map and info on brochure. Our admission was free because I made a great useful purchase of a parks pass several years back. Today...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Badgelady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our Road Trip across US this was high on our list to see and it did not disappoint us. A glorious sunny day, we pulled into the visitor centre which was fairly basic but the staff were friendly and helpful, there was no fee...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LoBommer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really cool to see and take pictures of, but there’s not a lot to do. We arrived in the afternoon, spent several hours exploring the different “trails”, it was pretty windy which didn’t make for great pictures, we came back the next morning (tried to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank blake_mi_
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I just went to White Sands National Monument for the first time ever. We stopped at the visitor center first and watched the video about the area and how is was formed and the flora and fauna of the area. We read...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michael J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

White Sands is so beautiful, especially if you are lucky like we were and go on a day that isn't windy. (From the signs we saw on a lot of the hotels and restaurants, wind must be common here.) The dunes are formed on a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JoyInNM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All the photos are real! This unique National Monument is truly pure white sand dunes. Families will enjoy climbing and sliding down the soft slopes. Incredible sight that everyone must see once in their lifetime.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Martha J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Whitesands National Monument visitors center and park on saturday whilst I was staying in El Paso for work- approx 1,5 hour drive. Untill you are there you are wondering if these white dunes are really there. Once driving in the park all turns...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Erin J
June 28, 2018|
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Response from greglinmon | Reviewed this property |
They should be open unless something out of the ordinary happening. Check schedule but I would be prepared for a fairly large crowd, it always seems more used on holiday weekends. That said, just go a little earlier so you... More
May 25, 2018|
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Response from lushchica | Reviewed this property |
depends on what you want to do. there are hikes, you can go for sunrise, you can stay the night there, you can walk for miles over the dunes. I went over 2 days (your pass is valid for both) and probably spent about 5 hours... More
May 25, 2018|
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Response from Poudre1 | Reviewed this property |
I do not know about camper van but I did see overnight tent campers checking in.
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I am looking to take a trip in a small RV (Roadtrek) in January from Southern California through Arizona and New Mexico. I am open to other stops or skipping some and am hoping for some feedback. Also, if anyone has feedback of great places to stop for overnights. I do not need hookups for the RV, so am flexible for camping. Would also go for a hotel once or twice if there is somewhere special. Thanks in advance. Day 1- Quick picnic at Joshua Tree along the way to Buckeye, AZ for...More
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Hi All, I am planning to do a 3 day trip to New Mexico, reaching Albuquerque on a Friday night and leaving Albuquerque on a Monday night. Sometime in Mar/Apr How "impractical" and "crazy" does the following schedule look like? I am yet to decide on the halts, so I just put down the places on a google map, places that I want to "Touch, Photograph and Go" in these 3 days ...More
March 06, 2014|
Response fromMitchHellman|
Regarding your proposed itinerary: you could do it, but it wouldn't be fun. I've never been there, so I probably shouldn't have an opinion on the matter-- but I think it would be best if you saved the leg to Monument Valley for another trip. First, because it's a long drive; second, because it will require doubling back on the same route you took to get there.
Tucson to White Sands NM March-April 2010 (6 Replies)
We are driving from Tucson to White Sands National Monument and are looking for recommendations on interesting side trips? Where should we stay? In Las Cruces or Alamogordo? Maybe Alamogordo would be more convenient so we could watch the sunset in WS. From there we will drive to Acoma Pueblos and spend 1 or maybe 2 nights in Gallup. Thanks. Michelle
October 12, 2009|
Response fromNM_Photojournalist|
I would include a detour to the old "Wild West" town of Tombstone after leaving Tucson. A nice side drive would be from Lordsburg, NM on I-10, up to Silver City, SE to City of Rocks State Park (huge boulders, balanced one on the other), then NE up to NM-152, and eastward across the Black Range (mountains) to I-25, via the old mining towns of Kingston, and Hillsboro. You have the option from that intersection of either taking the interstate, or the old, two-lane, U.S. highway down to Las...More