White Sands National Park, located in southern New Mexico, is a unique and stunning destination that attracts visitors worldwide. This breathtaking national park has the largest gypsum dune field in the world, with miles of pristine white dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Visitors to White Sands National Park can explore the dunes on foot, by bike, or by taking a scenic drive.

The beauty of this area extends beyond the park boundaries, with a rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse wildlife to discover. From the nearby city of Alamogordo to the rugged beauty of the Sacramento Mountains, the surrounding area offers an abundance of experiences for visitors to enjoy.

White Sands National Park

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White Sands National Park Hikes

Interdune Boardwalk: The Interdune Boardwalk is a popular half-mile boardwalk trail that takes visitors on a journey through the heart of the dune field, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and desert landscape. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible and is an excellent option for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Playa Trail: This trail is a family-friendly short 0.5-mile trail that leads to a small playa. The playa will temporarily fill with rainwater from storms, but most of the year is a dry lakebed. When you walk out to the playa, it will be brown, white, filled with water, or growing crystals.

Lake Lucero

Towns near the park: 

  • Alamogordo (15mi) – Alamogordo is located in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, just a short distance from White Sands National Park. You can find gas, groceries, water, and a place to dump your tanks.
  • Las Cruces (52mi)
  • El Paso (82)
  • Cloudcroft (30mi) – Cloudcroft, New Mexico, is a charming mountain town in the Sacramento Mountains, just a short drive from White Sands National Park.

Off-road trails