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“Do Not Miss This Amazing Place”

White Sands National Monument
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Alamogordo
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Owner description: Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard White Sands was worth the stop, but OMG, it is otherworldly! I won't even to attempt to enumerate the reasons you should take plenty of time here, but trust me you will not be disappointed. If you are fit enough, DO take the five mile Alkali Flat hike. It is jaw-dropping. You will want to take at least a full day here.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

these are the biggest gypsum dunes in the world, and there is enough here to supply your average cement factory for 7 thousand years!!!! but the advantage of gypsum over sand is that it doesn't get hot, and it doesn't stick....so, yes take your shoes off and walk in bare feet...it feels so good! there are several things I would advise here, if you are visiting on a Saturday....one is, drive up to the very last stopping place, and walk out onto the dunes as far as you feel comfortable....im not in any way criticising the hundreds of kids having fun going down the dunes in sledges, or the shouting millennials, but to me one of the things about being in this kind of terrain is silence...total silence. you can hear your heart beating, and realise your tiny significance in the world....
the other thing is, get up for opening time (7am) and drive as far as you can to watch the sun come up. it will be cold, even in the middle of summer, and I also recommend sunglasses, as the white can be so bright, its like getting snow-blind. but the shadows, the silence, the lack of people, the first rays of the sun...its mesmerising. totally fantastic, dreamlike place.
if you are ever in this part of the world, you just cant miss this. its totally unique, and totally magical. and don't forget that your pass is valid for 3 days.....and if your are patient, someone will leave a sled just lying around by the bin in the carpark....

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely loved this area! Absolutely mesmerizing and beautiful! Recommend going to the Walmart near by to get little sleds to sled down the dunes. If not, they sell them at the visitor center but for $10-15 (Walmart’s are $1.50). I was a little bummed out because I thought the visitor center was the gift shop so I got a shirt there but when we walked thru the rest of the Bldg there was another gift shop with cooler shirts. Bummer. But the white sands are phenomenal!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this place is out of the way (about an hour from Las Cruces), it is worth the extra side trip! The white sand glistens int he sun and makes for a startling backdrop. The sky is big and open, and beautifully highlights the desert. It's a great place to take pictures, jump into the soft sand of the dunes, and to learn about the fascinating beauty of the area and how it came to be. Take your family here because you can purchase sleds to jump into the dunes! We had a marvelous time here.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

White Sands is a very beautiful area. You might think you are on the other side of the dunes from the ocean. Bring you hiking shoes. We were there in March and it was cool enough to have a jacket. Still bring the water and the sunscreen. We had to stay near the marked trails because it was a windy day. Our footsteps were obliterated soon after we stepped - so - don't think you can go off trail and follow your footsteps back. We really enjoyed it.

Thank summerfunOhio
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