White Sands, New Mexico

The Beginners Guide to White Sands, New Mexico 

Tucked away in Southern New Mexico is an oasis waiting to be discovered. 

In the past four years, I lived only 45 minutes away from this unique destination and was only able to enjoy it a hand full of times. As a 'local' I have gathered some helpful tips to make your experience to this water less beach front location worth while. 

This national monument is packed with miles and miles of rolling sand dunes, you may have to drive a short while for a refreshing afternoon snack. My personal recommendation would be to grab a sweet sundae or classic caliche from Caliches Frozen Custard in Alamogordo, New Mexico. 

If you are traveling with family or looking for a romantic night out, White Sands serves all types of travelers. For families I would recommend visiting the dunes earlier in the morning when the park opens. You don't want to be caught in the scorching desert heat while sliding down these hills. I would recommend bringing a few beach chairs, umbrellas and lots of sun screen. Before you chase up and and aisles looking for slides to buy for the little ones, don't fret there are disks for sale or rent in the souvenir shop. 
As for our couples looking for a romantic evening, make sure you get to the park right before sunset. You will not want to miss these breath taking views with your significant other. 

As for logging, visitors have the option to stay in Alamogordo, New Mexico a quick 15 minute drive from the National Monument or I would recommend staying in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This is a 45 minute drive from the dunes, but provides plenty of outdoors activities.  


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