White Sands National Monument
The Tularosa Basin is home to one of the world's great natural wonders: the glistening snow-white sands of New Mexico. Here, great wave-like sand dunes have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and, over millennia, have created the world's largest gypsum dune field. Although several trails and a boardwalk let you explore on foot, and a paved 16-mile (round-trip) Dune Drive lets you explore by car, the best way to experience the dunes is by sledding down them!
Pick up a plastic saucer-style sled (appropriate given the proximity to Roswell) at the visitors center, get some sledding tips, pick a dune, and go! Be sure to check with park officials for current events and activities. The comprehensive roster of ranger programs varies seasonally but includes lots of fun things like stargazing parties, full-moon hikes and bike rides, sunset strolls, and sunrise photography sessions.
19955 Hwy. 70 W.
- Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310
- 32.46450000, -106.10190000
- Hrs. vary by season. Visitors center: daily 9--5, 6, or 7. Dunes Drive and park: daily 7 am--sunset.
- Visit Website
- (575) 479-6124