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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Diego D. on Alkali Flat Trail
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
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.