White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

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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. To visit White Sands National Monument and other attractions in Alamogordo, use our Alamogordo trip planning app.
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  • We enjoyed this more than expected! Sledding was not easy, so i wouldn’t bother with it if I had a do-over. Exploring the dunes and running down them was a highlight for my teenage daughters. The...  more »
  • This is one of those 'must do' things, a wonder of the modern world, aka a bucket list item if you are ever in southwestern New Mexico. The dunes and expanses of white sand just boggle the mind. So....  more »
  • The five star is for the white sands, but it deserved a 1 star for the bathroom areas. Just filthy with toilet paper and urine on the floor. They get lots of visitors daily and should hire someone to....  more »

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