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White Sands National Monument

19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 479-6124
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We drove the loop. It is an amazing place. We brought our own sled, and slid down the mounds. It... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Natures beauty

This site is a must when you r in the area. It is truest amazing- the biggest gypsum deposit in... read more

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Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 479-6124
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We drove the loop. It is an amazing place. We brought our own sled, and slid down the mounds. It wasn't hot to the touch. Bring sun glasses.

Thank mamaoftwoboys
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This site is a must when you r in the area. It is truest amazing- the biggest gypsum deposit in the world. Plus one can enjoy it more by sliding down the hills. Purchase ur plastic 'sled' at the gift shop ($15) or bring ur...More

Thank Christine Z
Reviewed 2 days ago

For travelers in the area White Sands Monument is a MUST SEE. Just be careful in the late spring, summer, and early fall of the extreme heat conditions. It can be a killer.

1  Thank nmsteve1s
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visiting White Sands. This is a super cool place and well worth a stop. We were there mid day which was hot with sun over head. Also photography is not great at that time. If we could do it again we would target sunrise or...More

Thank mbrstuff
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you are in the area for something else or your driving thru the area.. Then definitely STOP! Go in the morning before it gets HOT and make sure they are not doing missile testing. It is a ton of fun to play in the...More

Thank ABriteCreation
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped by mid-day and stayed for about an hour. Were told we'd get a map of the area at the visitor's gate upon entry but no one was there (when we entered and again when we left) so we went without the map and guide....More

Thank CaraJW
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stayed in Alamogordo for the weekend, and visited White Sands National Monument early Saturday Morning, June 10th. By early - we were digging our toes in the sand at 7:30am - it a great time to visit. The weather was very comfortable (since the day...More

1  Thank Nancy H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

White sands was an excellent experience, it is hard to believe that you can walk barefooted on the sand in the desert, it does not burn your feet and you can sled down it too! It is a great experience, definitely buy the wax, I...More

Thank Hank W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The sand is really soft, and fun to run up and down on! It's only a small fee to get in. If you have kids they'll love this!

Thank Vicki C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a pretty cool place and it's rather unique and different from other things we've done. First, if you're staying in Alamogordo, stop by the Walmart and pick up some sleds for $5, which is cheaper than the $17 the park charges (net cost...More

3  Thank Colin M
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Hello Guys , I am planning a road trip from Dallas to ABQ n surrounding places. I have a 4 month old but he enjoys car drives a lot. Is WSNP a great place to check out for us ? any advice to all tourist attractions in NM given our Baby boy situation would be greatly appreciated thank you
19 June 2017|
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Response from Vicki C | Reviewed this property |
Yes WSNP would be a great place to take you son. Their were several kids when we went, and they had a blast running up and down the sand dunes. Since you son is 4 months old I'm sure he'd love to play in the sand.
My sister and I are driving down from ABQ to visit after the balloon fiesta in October. The site says dunes drive opens 7am but we want to go for sunrise. We won't make it in time for sunset. Do we need a special permit for early entry? Is this the only way to be on the sands during sunrise without camping overnight before? Thanks!
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
What kind of wax is used for the sleds? And does anyone know how much it costs?
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