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White Sands National Monument, NM

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Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of...[more]

Ranger leading a sunset stroll
Visitors enjoying the Sunset Stroll

The Sunset Stroll is offered daily one hour before sunset. Visitors enjoy walking through the dunes with a ranger and learning about the park.

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A hiker on the dunes
Hiker on the Dunes

A solitary hiker walks along the Alkali Flat Trail.

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The backcountry camping trail
The backcountry camping trail

The sun sets over the San Andres mountains. In the right side of the image, you can see one of the trail markers that leads campers to their sites.

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Sledders on the dunes
Sledding on the dunes

Sledding on the dunes is a very popular activity in the park.

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The dunes at sunset
Sunset on the dunes

The dunes make a perfect canvas for capturing the play of light and shadow.

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White Sands National Monument


White Sands National Monument
19955 Hwy 70 West
Alamogordo, NM 88310


FEES: $3 per adult (16 and older). Children are free. DIRECTIONS: From Alamogordo, NM: Drive time: About 15 minutes Go west on Highway US-70. We are located about 15 miles (24 km) west of Alamogordo on the north side of the road. From Las Cruces, NM: Drive time: About 1 hour Go east on Highway US-70 towards Alamogordo. We are located about 52 miles (84 km) east of Las Cruces on the north side of the road, one mile past the Border Patrol station. From El Paso, TX: There are two ways to arrive at White Sands from El Paso. Via Las Cruces: Drive time: 1.5 hours. 1) Take I-10 West towards Las Cruces. After 39 miles, exit on to I-25 North. Follow I-25 North for 7 miles and exit onto US-70 East towards Alamogordo. Drive for about 52 miles to the visitor center. Via Alamogordo: Drive time: 1.5 hours 2) Take US-54 East towards Alamogordo and drive about 82 miles. Turn left onto US-70 West towards Las Cruces. The visitor center will be about 15 miles down on the right-hand side.

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