White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

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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  • A National PARK! The last several times we visited, it was only a National Monument. Wow! So, what has changed? Nothing! Not even the signs. They will change over time, though. Being National Park...  more »
  • I had been to this site in the 1970's but wanted to visit again. It is a mostly self guided tour/drive. The formation is very unique and certainly worth a stop. It can be seen quickly or one could....  more »

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