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White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo

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Glistening white dunes at White Sands National Monument have mesmerized visitors for centuries. Marvel at 712 km (275 mi) of sparkling sand, the world’s largest dune field of rare gypsum. Begin your trip at the visitor center--an excellent example of Spanish pueblo-adobe architecture. From here you can set off on a 13 km (8 mi) scenic drive to the heart of the dunes. Stop along the way for short walks, wayside exhibits, and photos of the otherworldly views. You can also hike a variety of trails. Only the top few inches of the dunes are loose, making them easy to walk. Sledding is also a popular here. Bring a snow saucer or buy one from the gift shop to race down the sand slopes. No water is available in the dune field, so fill bottles at the visitor center. Add White Sands National Monument to your Alamogordo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Alamogordo tourist route planner.
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  • My kids, four of them from 8 to 16, loved this! We all had fun sledding down the sand. If we would have had more time, it looks like a fun place to camp a night as well.  more »
  • I wan't sure what to expect when we visited but it was a great visit. I have seen sand dunes before but something about seeing miles and miles of white sand is just amazing. Plus, it is not really hot...  more »
  • Lived in Texas my whole life, many trips to Ruidoso, and just never made the time to drive out to the dunes. There in March, weather still cool, and did nearly full outer dune loop barefoot! Can't bel...  more »
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  • Looks like big rolling hills of snow-- 200+ square miles! Bring sleds/toboggan. Bring your own shade and water if you come in the summer. Watch the film. Go hiking but don't go too far. (Don't get lost.)
  • Beautiful! Drove from Dallas TX just to go see it and we had no regrets. I thought it was just going to be sand but it looked so much more gorgeous than that. Cheap to get into and the ticket is good for several days. We went on a nice day (end of May) and the sand wasn't hot.
  • Gorgeous and great place to visit, a must see if you are in the area! There are plenty of restrooms and they were clean when I went. The horseback riding was fun and interesting. The park rangers were very friendly. I enjoyed my visit and will go again. Bring sunscreen and water!
  • This place is so magical and definitely worth the long drive south! I recommend going at sunset, the colors across the mountains and sand dunes will leave you breathless! Bring a tripod to catch some incredible pictures!
  • Very neat place. We had a lot of fun on the dunes. It gets toasty on them so bring some cold water with you. If you have a sled, bring it, its fun like sledding on snow!