Like No Place Else on Earth 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 desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.

Quick walk, and great for people with less mobility.

Can't say I was specifically on this trail, once you get off the road, sand dunes are a free for all which direction you head, I will say though for sand dunes, these are the easiest dunes you will ever hike on, it's like a constant state of dampness, you don't sink as much as the average dune, the white is very unique as well, high recommend (even if you have done your fair share of dunes!

Unplanned detour on my trip and the best decision I've made. Truly breathtaking. Highly recommend, uploaded pictures are such bad resolution compared to the real thing.

5 months ago

We did this trail on November 2015 with a beautiful weather. Easy to hike, easy to follow the markers, It took us about 2:30 hrs to complete it. Any part of the trail you stop, you enjoy stunning views, also you can see the Sierra Blanca Mountain with snow. We really loved and enjoyed a lot this beautiful trail.

6 months ago

Well marked with red poles. Easier to see than what I remember from last time I did the trail a couple years ago. Go clockwise and there's less steep hills and the second half is much easier. Fun hike.

8 months ago

Great trail if you're looking for scenic gypsum deposits. The route is easy to follow using the markers every 100 meters or so. Take plenty of water as I ran out with half a gallon over the two hour trek. By the half way point, our group ceased walking up and down the dunes and chose to walk the valley while keeping an eye on the markers. I can't stress again, take plenty of water. Did this 2/17/2016, high was 75 degrees 1030-1317 was our leisurely time with plenty of camera and snack breaks. Can be done in under two hours.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike! Did it mid February temperature high was 80 degrees took us around 3 hours and I can definitely see how someone can die out there if you don't take enough water. Don't underestimate the heat! Took my dog and if it were any hotter this trail would've sucked I wouldn't do it on a day that's hotter than 80 degrees. Getting shoes in your sand is inevitable no matter what you're wearing. Take snacks and a gallon of water for each person (at the least). Anyway, recommended with the proper safety precautions.

9 months ago

Incredibly unique place to hike. Beautiful trail within the basin and surrounded by the mountains. I did it in 65F in winter and a pleasant hike. Still needed good amount of water. Summer in the heat must be brutal. Load up on the H2O.


Camping in White Sands backcountry is a very unique experience and well worth doing at least once. The hike is easy and you will enjoy camping under the stars and awaken to the surreal landscape. Nothing beats the sunrise in the sandy dunes.

Absolutely beautiful!

This trail can be deadly. A couple from France lost their lives from the heat.

Never underestimate this trail. Take all necessary precautions.

scenic driving
1 year ago

Beautiful drive! You see pieces of the hills as you go along up until one point and then they all turn into the white sand hills you were looking forward to. Tons of areas to stop off at and sled or play in the sand.

Unique landscape, great hiking in the dunes, unusual experience.

on Alkali Flat Trail

1 year ago

nice trail to do in the winter, took 3 hours but definitely worth it, a few steep dunes to crawl up but would be way fun if you're willing to carry a sled out that far with you. easy to follow with the markers sticking out of the ground.
ps: don't forget to sign in/out at the beginning before/after hiking

1 year ago

Great workout on this short trail if you follow the staked dunes. My sister and I hiked early in the morning and it was already warming considerably. I stayed up on the dunes where the sand was loose and my sister stayed in the bottoms where the sand was more firm. Some of the trail markers were missing and it was "interesting" locating your way along the trail. It was such a nice easy trail it would be fun to take the kids along. It's also a great trail to pull off your shoes to finish the last half mile with your toes in the cool sand.

White Sands is awesome in general. I did this trail last April! Views are great. I recommend going towards sunset time to get the beautiful colors in the sky and on the mountains in the distance. Not too many people were on this trail. I am a little hesitant to do these trails alone, since everything looks the same! Would be super easy to get lost.

3 years ago

Gorgeous scenery! Wish I could've stayed to see the sunset. Will definitely have to come back!

This was a good stop for us and very glad we did. Check it out!