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We went when it was raining so went back again the next day. Both days were great and very different. Hike the alkali flats trail if you can. It is amazing. Just be sure to take plenty of water. The 1 mile nature trail near...More
Driving to this location is absolutely amazing. Once you start driving to the dunes you think you're close to the ocean, but you don't smell the ocean in the air. Then before you know it you see the beautiful view of the dunes. I recommend...More
Beautiful views, interesting historical facts along the way, and fun sliding down the dunes. Make sure to bring eyewear, water, and perhaps blankets for a nice gathering. Must see place if you’re in the area.
You don't have to do the whole 5 mile loop. We walked out about a mile or less, to be able to crest some of the farther dunes, so we could get pictures of dunes without footprints. Really not difficult, and gives such an awesome...More
When we visited it was raining lightly, apparently that is very rare. Some of the visitors didn't continue, so it was pretty empty. We paid the $5 pp entrance fee, and did the loop drive. The road is paved for some distance, then you drive...More
Nice area to visit. We stopped at the Visitor's Center first that offered a gift shop, film, and an extra gift shop. All was very nice and staff helpful. We bought a sled at the gift shop. I had read that they rented them but...More
Desert all around then out of nowhere is sand dunes. Very unique. It was sprinkling when we arrived so no sledding on the dunes. We started on the scenic drive but stopped where pavement ended. The road after was a bit too rough for a...More
We live in Las Cruces and decided to check out White Sands National Monument one Saturday, after hearing so many good things about it. I had low expectations, but I was blown away! It's HUGE! I had imagined it was like a tiny little part...More
For me, White Sands National Monument fits into the "I'm glad I saw it once, but I definitely don't need to see it again" category. If you're in the area, I'd certainly suggest that you spend a couple of hours exploring the place, but it's...More
Response from greglinmon | Reviewed this property |
They should be open unless something out of the ordinary happening. Check schedule but I would be prepared for a fairly large crowd, it always seems more used on holiday weekends. That said, just go a little earlier so you... More
They should be open unless something out of the ordinary happening. Check schedule but I would be prepared for a fairly large crowd, it always seems more used on holiday weekends. That said, just go a little earlier so you can get what you want, if you want a covered picnic table, then go a little earlier, if just want a dune to play on by your self, then be prepared to drive back into monument a little farther possibly. I would plan to spend into evening, as it cools down the place is wonderful. The earlier you go, the less crowded you will find it. Bring every thing you need, water, food, if grilling, everything including matches and so forth.
Response from lushchica | Reviewed this property |
depends on what you want to do. there are hikes, you can go for sunrise, you can stay the night there, you can walk for miles over the dunes. I went over 2 days (your pass is valid for both) and probably spent about 5 hours... More
depends on what you want to do. there are hikes, you can go for sunrise, you can stay the night there, you can walk for miles over the dunes. I went over 2 days (your pass is valid for both) and probably spent about 5 hours total, but I am obsessed with emptiness and silence, for which you have to walk some distance. its a wonderful place, spend as long, or a little as you want. and...one of the real treats, you can walk barefoot, as gypsum does not get hot like regular sand, nor does it stick, though you will find the dust in your car for days.