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White Sands National Monument

19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 479-6124
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Excellent and fun

White sands is 250m2 gypsium deposit resulting from the sea which has evaporated on a couple of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
Just amazing

Third visit to White Sands. It is just amazing. The contrast between the white sand and the plants... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (265 reviews)
“gift shop” (320 reviews)
“sunset walk” (36 reviews)
19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 479-6124
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Reviewed yesterday

White sands is 250m2 gypsium deposit resulting from the sea which has evaporated on a couple of occasions. It looks like a snow, an image which is reinforced by the sight of people sledging down the dunes. The landscape is fantastic - it looks unreal....More

Thank poplarkins
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Third visit to White Sands. It is just amazing. The contrast between the white sand and the plants and the sky is incredible. Take when hiking. The sun is strongly reflected and often the sand is soft. Take a lot of water, wear a hat...More

Thank msp60
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Gotta take a sled. Great for family. There are bathrooms but take snacks. Nice for sunset. Was nice temp when we were there.

Thank Mar_MarClinton
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a place that must be seen to be believed! It is as if you have entered an alien landscape. The powdery sand is nothing like beach sand and invites a walk in bare feet. Be aware - it is hot, and reflects light,...More

1  Thank tridcod
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sunset and sunrise are beautiful but the night sky is spectacular. I recommend the backcountry camping to get the full benefits of your visit to White Sands. We did the backcountry camping for two nights and it was amazing. I have not seen the...More

Thank Jenni L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gypsum sand is almost unbearable white. Yet these white dunes team with life. They are absolutely beautiful. Drive the dune loop. You can even try sledding on the sand. Also put your hand in the sand about three inches. you will be in for...More

Thank Charles N
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our favorite places in New Mexico. We did buy 2 used sleds and gave sledding a try and it was fun to do it. We enjoyed hiking around the dunes and enjoying the white sand and the peaceful environment. Definitely wear...More

Thank linadvil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Please take the time to stop and drive the Dune Loop. From the highway you cannot see how amazing this place is! The sand is so white it looks like snow! And because it is so white, it stays cool and is pleasant to walk...More

Thank Ari W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really a beautiful place with a mountain backdrop that is easy to experience. You can drive through the park in about 30 minutes. There are many places to pull over, and take a walk. Highly recommend catching a sunset. You can actually use a snow...More

Thank bigmule1972
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything is in the title...white...sand. That's it. It's sand, it's white. This is a national monument that is more about learning about the geology and background of the area, what the white sands are all about, and how the desert life thrives. Understand that and...More

1  Thank Mike L
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19 June 2017|
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Response from Robert C | Reviewed this property |
Even though I enjoyed WSNP as a 3 year old with my parents. I am not sure if you want to take a 4 month old baby there. Not too many facilities close by.
13 June 2017|
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Response from Jayant K | Reviewed this property |
I'd contact the park (575-479-6124 or whsa_interpretation@nps.gov) to be sure, but the park is just off the highway 70 - the first thing being the Visitor Center and entrance to the monument behind it. Dunes Drive opens at... More
Mari L
27 May 2017|
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Response from Prajakta L | Reviewed this property |
You ll get rented sleds for $10 to $15 along with the wax cubes...also when you return them...you ll get $5 back