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“sand dunes”(286 reviews)
“visitor center”(330 reviews)
“gift shop”(401 reviews)
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 yesterday

Our family went here over a long weekend and had a blast. We brought our own sleds and bought some wax from the gift shop before heading to the sand slopes to go sledding. Our boys had a blast! You don't sled nearly as fast...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GaryK652
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We all enjoyed walking around and sledding down the dunes. You can purchase sleds in the visitor center. They are pricey, though. $20 for a new, plastic saucer sled. You can get $5 back if you turn it back in when you're done. We went...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mammalovescake
Reviewed yesterday

The first time I saw the white gypsum sand dunes with layers of wind patterns and dark shadows with bright highlights, I knew I would go there. When I realized that the image was taken right here, in the states, I knew it was just...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank minnetraveler31
Reviewed yesterday

A huge area of white sand dunes in the middle of a desert! That's White Sands. The Visitor Center is a lovely building with info, shop and toilets. There is no restaurant so bring food or you will have to drive several miles to the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ohiowanderer
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After many trips to New Mexico, we finally made it to this must see national monument. Friendly, informative rangers answered our questions and after watching the short introductory video, we headed out onto the road that takes you into the amazing dunes. You can pretty...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank hnmrocks
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were in Las Cruces and buzzed up for a day trip. we spent a couple hours it was bitter cold and windy.. we walked the dunes a bit but were not dressed for hiking and did not expect the cold on our trip. You...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank diverdriverfwa
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went on a windy day, had sand in places I never were possible. The gift store and museum close at five so try and make it before if you’re trying to buy the sled lids to go down the dunes. Bring sunglasses so your eyes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank joseaT4726NX
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had heard of White Sands, but really knew nothing about it. What a place! Acres and acres of white gypsum sand. It looks like a cross between dunes at the beach and hills of snow. They have to plow the road, and what look...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lynn Z
Reviewed 5 days ago

I absolutely loved it. We stayed in Ruidoso New Mexico. Awesome place because of proximity to White Sands and other small town around it. I highly recommend visiting.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank usvisaconnection
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a spectacle, only missing is the sound and smell of the ocean. The sand is so incredibly fine. It looks like snow from afar.

Date of experience: February 2019
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4 January 2019|
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Response from Teri C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is accessible to various degrees. The picnic areas and roads are packed sand, very hard and pretty smooth. There is some unevenness, but no worse than a cracked sidewalk. Depending on mobility, most wheel chairs... More
3 January 2019|
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Response from mommadoc2420 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I did do some walking in the dunes but I brought bright red cloths that I laid down on the sand so I could follow them. You can use cheap wash cloths or cut up fabric but yes it is easy to get lost I was advised... More
29 December 2018|
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Response from Jean B | Reviewed this property |
April! By June it will be dang hot! Winter is the absolute best time! If you can plan your trip around the full moon, there is a hike one night and a concert the next. Always GREAT! If you can't do that, there are ranger led... More