Big Dune Loop is a 1.1 kilometer loop trail located near Alamogordo, New Mexico and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.1 km Elevation Gain: 0 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips



no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

8 months ago

loved this trail. wanna watch a time-laps just click the link!!! it is very out of this world feeling.

10 months ago

Hiked this trail during the Full Moon hike . This hiked was led by rangers who explained the desert at night. The views during the full moon were great. I recommend doing this hike during the full moon.

Sat Apr 27 2019

Sun Aug 26 2018

This place is one of the prettiest places I have seen, I also recommend going at sunset. I have seen some amazing images taken at night too, plan to camp the next time we visit.

Sun May 20 2018

Stunning photo ops! Recommend going for sun rise or sun set.

Thu May 04 2017

Awesome juxtapositions

Mon Jan 30 2017

Didn't go on the trail but the park was a lot of fun!

Sun Jan 06 2019

Fri Aug 30 2013