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“White sands ”

White Sands National Monument
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Alamogordo
Certificate of Excellence
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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 28 June 2018 via mobile

Took advantage of being in the area and drove out past where the road ends on the route in white sands. Better quality sand dunes further in. Less brush growing if you keep going.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Such a fun stop on our family vacation. We had packed a saucer sled, but of course we ended up buying an even cooler looking one at the gift shop :) That meant the adults could sled, too! We went later in the day so it wasn’t too busy and not as HOT.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Such a gorgeous place. The kids enjoyed sand boarding and exploring the sand dunes. Absolutely breathtaking!

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I stopped by on our drive to Arizona. When you first arrive, there is a visitor's center that plays a video giving you the science behind White Sands. They also have a gift shop that have plastic sleds for you to buy or rent to slide down the mounds.

It was a pretty hot and sunny 100+ day that we were there. With the white sand reflecting the sun, we could only be outside of the car in short bursts, then right back to a/c! If you go in the summer, I would recommend going in the early morning, or around sunset. Otherwise, if you can help it, plan a trip outside of summer.

We were not too successful in sledding down the mounds, but it's worth a try anyways.

Thank Danielle R
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

This place is a marvel of nature! I love sand dunes and has had the good fortune of seeing the mother of 'em all, the Sahara, but boy, White Sands is in a class of its own, never seen sand as white as this (sans water, that is), and mountains upon mountains of them! We first hiked a one-mile trail with more vegetation then decided to hike the 5-mile trail and that was mind-blowing! Start out really early in the morning though if you want to hike this trail as it gets really, really hot! We finished the trek in under four hours since we made many stops along the way. After over an hour of trekking, I began to understand what it must feel like to be lost in a desert wilderness as well as being a miniscule speck in this vast, vast universe. I am so in awe with mother Nature, she rocks! Go on this 5-mile trek, it is totally, totally worth all that sweat and heat! Towards the end of our trek, when it was starting to feel like "this-is-never-ending" and "are-we-sure-we-are-following-the-right-trail?" feeling, when we started to finally see some people, I remembered feeling bitter sweet about it. On the one hand, I was glad we were not lost (the trail was well-marked so you can't get lost unless you don't follow the markers) but on the other hand, I missed the solitude and the silence and the feeling of being one with the universe on the white sands of these marvelous dunes.

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