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#40 of 60 national parks in United States of America

Best trails in White Sands National Park

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Looking for a great trail in White Sands National Park, New Mexico? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, walking trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in White Sands National Park ranging from 1 to 1.8 miles and from 3,996 to 4,002 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Known for its impressive landscape of white, wave-like gypsum sand dunes, White Sands National Monument preserves a massive area of dunes, plants, and wildlife within the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Trails include the Interdune Boardwalk and the Dune Life Nature Trail. White Sands National Park is open daily year-round except for December 25, Christmas Day. Hours of operation vary throughout the year. During the winter and occasionally throughout the year, the park may unexpectedly close due to unsafe road or extreme weather conditions. Also, due to missile testing on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, it is occasionally necessary for visitor safety to close the road into the park for periods of up to three hours. U.S. Highway 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed during times of missile testing. Please note hours vary depending on time of year. Please not entry to the park is blocked off one hour prior to closure. January 1 – February 1: 7am- 6pm February 2 – March 7: 7am - 7pm March 8 - April 11: 7am - 8pm April 12 – May 23: 7am - 8:30pm May 24 – September 12: 7am - 9pm September 13 – October 31: 7am - 8pm November 1 – December 24: 7am - 6pm December 26 – December 31: 7am - 6pm

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Map of trails in White Sands National Park
Park information
Acreage:
145,762 acres
Contact
575-479-6124
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Alkali Flat Trail
White Sands National Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h
#2 - White Sands Backcountry Trail
White Sands National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
If you are just walking the loose sand and climbing up and down, the route is not too bad but in a backpack it can be tough. The dunes are surreal looking and very fun to sled on. There is no shade so plan accordingly.Show more
#3 - Dune Life Nature Trail
White Sands National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 24 m
#4 - Interdune Boardwalk
White Sands National Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
Very easy. Boarded.Show more
#5 - Big Dune Loop
White Sands National Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
Short nature hike in the White Sands National Monument Park. The trail starts at the south corner of the parking lot. The trail is located along the edge of the dune field, and is well marked by brown posts. A trail manual is available at the trailhead. Hike time is listed as 30 minutes, but you will spend more time if you read the guide and study the plants. The elevation profile indicates a flat hike, but the constant rolling dunes give an elevation gain of 190 feet in short up and down sections. NOTE: This is not a play area! The trail is for nature and dune study. The play area is several miles further in. The white sand reflects the sun light and heat. Wear protection from the elements and the weather of the season. No water available past the HQ, so come prepared.Show more
#6 - Playa Trail
White Sands National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m