White Sands National Park
White Sands National Park
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Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Luna L
    Los Angeles, California19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and quiet in the morning
    I can't leave 5 stars unless they reopen backcountry camping - as the experience that is possible is determined by how a place is managed - but the nature here is 5 stars. I don't usually give National Park advice, but I can share it here. Skip all the signs, parking lots, and the "built" attractions and go straight to the nature. There is no reason to be here in the summer, but I couldn't avoid coming in late May, and there were about three hours of bearable temperatures after they opened the gates.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Karen
    Grand Terrace, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Beauty
    It has an amazing, stark beauty. There were many children sliding on the hills. There is a boardwalk or trails you can walk out on the dunes. Make sure you have water and sun protection! There is a water spigot at the visitors center.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Will H
    Lancaster, Texas1,207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Orion’s first big adventure
    Have not been to White Sands in 20 years. My hubby has never been so since we were staying in Roswell we figured we should drive down with Orion. It was a gorgeous day out; although hot once you got to the dunes. At the visitor center expect it to be crazy busy because it is. Driving through the dunes it was not crowded at all. We got out and let Orion walk about; with his leash of course. Make sure you wear sunscreen or wear a hat and bring water for sure. It was a great adventure!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • mick412
    Greenwood, Arkansas44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite unique.
    Great place for some amazing pictures, esp. at sunset. Go all of the way to the back of the park for the best dunes. It is also very quiet back there. If you are there for the sunset view and want one with no one else in the picture, pick a dune farther from the parking area and get there 30 minutes before sundown. The more adventurous who want to slide down the dunes can buy a round sled at the visitor center - those I saw try it had mixed results, but maybe worth a try.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Stock Guru
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking!
    White Sands National Park in Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, is like stepping onto another planet entirely! The mesmerizing sea of gypsum dunes stretching as far as the eye can see is truly otherworldly. Walking on the soft, cool sand and watching the sunset over the dunes is a surreal experience. The park's natural beauty is simply breathtaking. However, it's essential to be aware that the park can get extremely hot during the summer months. The brilliant white sands reflect the sun's rays, and temperatures can soar to scorching levels, making it quite uncomfortable for extended outdoor activities. So, visiting during the cooler parts of the day or during the milder seasons is advisable to fully enjoy this natural wonder.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Pranav Balachandar
    Tampa, Florida149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Summer Day at White Sands National Park
    This is a one-dimensional, beautiful National Park. All it really has to offer is the beautiful ,pristine looking white sand dunes. I'm rating this a 4-Star because, unlike Zion, Mt Rainier, Yosemite or Carlsbad Caverns, this National Park doesn't blow your mind away. It is just beautiful & blissful and bestows a relaxing vibe. Shades/Sunglasses are absolute must. Going in without Shades can be unkind on your eyes. The Visitor Centre is pretty & has good souvenirs & shirts to purchase. Can rent a sled if you feel like it. The road, especially the potion of it that has sand-top was fun to ride on and very well maintained. I wouldn't suggest going out of your way to visit this national park. Unlike a lot of social media posts that inflate this place, this is not really a bucket list National Park, but a decent park for photoshoots & a relaxing unique experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome to See !!
    We drove the Dunes Drive Loop. Stopped and walked the Playa Trail and Interdune Boardwalk. We did not do any of the longer hikes. We did pull over at one and climbed up on the dune just to look around. There’s lots of picnic areas. You can buy a disc to slide on at the visitors store. It took about an hour with our stops to do the full loop. Great place to visit and experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Zoe C
    89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place for a sunset BBQ.
    Amazing place for a sunset BBQ. Sledging on the dunes was fun. BBQ grills, tables and seats and toilets all nice and clean. Fabulous big landscape views and the stars were beautiful once it was dark.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Yvon D
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands541 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Stunning and worth visiting!
    Absolutely Stunning and worth visiting! Easy drive from Las Cruses to get there. A gem in New Mexico to spent your day and stay for a beautiful sunset. Make sure you check the NP website for road closure or park closure before you go.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Sue L
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sand as white as snow!
    This was wonderful! It looked like snow and didn't act like sand at the beach that gets into your shoes. It was great. Wonderful spots to pull off and take pictures, watch people sledding down the dunes. Grateful we came this time of year instead of when it is blistering hot. A terrific experience. Park staff very helpful.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
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Vince
Hudson, WI21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The sands were stunning to see in real life! It is very bright when you get out there, so bright that I would suggest bringing sunglasses. There was signs describing some of the plants in the area. There was a penny press for souveniers!! They charge like 15 dollars at the gate and that grants access to the park for the day. At some points you can see vast deserts with mountains in the background.. Explore the different parking lots they have along the path. We only went for a couple hours but wish we had more time.
Written May 23, 2024
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Dross25
Washington98 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were very disappointed, when you drive 3000 miles and then can only drive out 2 miles to first parking lot. I feel bad for the people who had to pay 25.00. We had a pass
Written May 19, 2024
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LaurieB
12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A bit disappointed on our May 2024 visit. The drive is closed beyond the Dune Life Nature Trail, so we didn't get to see much. The women's restroom at the visitor center has no running water (the sink is gone), and not any hand sanitizer. Signs on the nature trail are blank or unreadable.
Written May 14, 2024
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Joanne S
111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This place was really amazing. Unlike any place I've ever been! Plan at least a couple hours for the drive with a few stops to walk the dunes.
Written May 14, 2024
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newmexjags
Edgewood, NM372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We have been to White Sands several times, but it's always a new experience. Bring your own sleds if you can. The Park Service sells these really flimsy discs and they close the office at five. The park is open until sunset. To get to the really good dunes, keep driving well into the park. Bring a picnic, the picnic tables are like something out of the Jetsons! The visitors center has a good film, and informative displays. Nice gift shop. My biggest recommendation is to go on the 6:30 pm ranger lead nighttime stroll. Full moon if possible. My granddaughter got some amazing sunset pictures. My grandson had researched White Sands and had so many questions for the ranger that he game him a nighttime explorer badge. It was an amazing experience and we always learn something new. Don't forget your sunscreen!
Written April 30, 2024
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
First if coming from the west (Arizona etc.) get gas in Las Cruces. We were told there was gas within 15 miles of the park and there is.... coming from Alamogordo. This is a long boring 30 or 40 miles from Las Cruces to the park across the White Sands Missile Range. No scenery barely a curve or hump in the road. But worth it. this park was amazing. it was like being in a big snowstorm as the sand is white as snow and drifting everywhere. The roads are even white although they are plowed twice a week. We had a good time here.
Written April 26, 2024
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Quincey H
Martinsville, VA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This National Park is beautiful all around. I was visiting family in Texas, the drive was worth it! The white sand seemed very peaceful and surreal because I’m only used to seeing white sand beside beaches. Everyone we encountered was smiling and enjoying the vibe. It seemed like every steps led us to astonishing views A lot of professional photographers offer packages amid the beautiful white sand dunes.
Written April 25, 2024
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Stewfoot
California, MD158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Any national park is a worth while visit to stand on top is a dune and see undeveloped country for miles around was amazing.
Written April 20, 2024
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Laura M
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We brought our own smaller sleds and could never get them to move down the hills, but we had fun trying. Maybe younger kids have more luck as our trip was a 50 year old mom and her 110 lb daughter.
Written April 8, 2024
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Anita R
Hughson, CA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
An amazing place to view pure white sand(gypsum). Visitor center lots of info. A nice loop drive to explore. The boardwalk gives you a unique experience
Written April 6, 2024
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