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White Sands National Monument Dunes Loop Drive

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White Sands National Monument Dunes Loop Drive

Approximately how long would you think is sensible to allow for the 16 mile Dunes Loop Drive (obviously want to stop for photo ops but not sure what else there is to 'do' en route)...We will have had a very long day driving from Tombstone via Chiricahua so need to make sure we leave early enough to do this. Also, is it better to see the dunes in the morning/evening? As we are now planning to stay in Alamogordo as opposed to Las Cruces, we could always tour them the following morning if that is a better option (or in case of any road closures for missile testing!!) but are prepared to be flexible to catch the dunes at their 'best'.......

Many thanks

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1. Re: White Sands National Monument Dunes Loop Drive

I can tell you this much: it is best to tour White Sands during the early morning hours or in the evening-- not in mid-day unless you want to be some of those "mad dogs and Englishmen!"

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2. Re: White Sands National Monument Dunes Loop Drive

It took us several hours to drive the loop, but that was with stopping to grill out for a picnic lunch, and spending a fair amount of time playing on the dunes and hiking.

You could probably drive it in an hour or so if you plan on just stopping a few times for photo ops.

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3. Re: White Sands National Monument Dunes Loop Drive

we spent 3 hours. Stayed till nearly sunset. Color of the sand was a pink/lilac color as the sun went down. We took lots of photos and wandered up in the dunes a bit, but nothing extensive. We also had a quick picnic.

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