Dune Life Nature Trail [CLOSED]

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White Sands National Park

Dune Life Nature Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alamogordo, New Mexico and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 0 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

closed

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing at sunset. Bring water.

hiking
no shade
off trail
2 months ago

It was a pretty easy and interesting place.

hiking
no shade
off trail
2 months ago

This was not super hard but it was extremely interesting to see

3 months ago

This is a hard 4 star trail. easy in difficulty, and an amazing job by the park service explaining the environment. It's also not the best trail in this park for those without families.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail, nice views of the mountains in the distance. Some cool Dunn vegetation

hiking
3 months ago

Was a pleasant short trail. Went off trail a bit to find more untouched dune areas. Some really nice ones are available. Not as spectacular as the areas further into the park though.

hiking
4 months ago

Not much to see on this trail. Signage displays all the wildlife that populate the dunes, but your chances of seeing any of them are near nil.

hiking
4 months ago

Great shirt trial through the dunes that have more plant life. Not a hard hike at all. Signs teach you about wildlife as you go. Dogs allowed on leash. @seemyhappiness

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

This is an easy hike near the front of the park that takes less than an hour. Through the signage along the trail, you can learn about some of the wildlife that lives in the park; it was interesting. The trail also has a lot more brush than the rest of the park, so you could potentially see critters, although we did not and it was pretty early and quiet. I rated this hike 4 stars because the park is gorgeous and because I enjoyed the hike - I will say, however, that this was not my favorite part of the park. You will not find rolling dunes on this trail. You will not find good opportunities for sledding on this trail. You'll want to head to the back part of the park for this.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

small dune hills and sandy areas requires more effort than the 0ft. elevation change advertised, buy still an easy walk. I enjoyed it.

10 months ago

Hiked this trail during the Full Moon ranger led hike.Beautiful scenery during the sunset and during the full moon.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this trail during a ranger led full moon hike.It was a great experience to walk on the dunes in the light of the moon.

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

This trail was okay. Not a whole lot to look at unless bringing youngsters to learn about the food chain/carnivores and omnivores. We spotted some animal tracks but overall we were not thrilled.

hiking
Tue Apr 02 2019

Easy. But I recommend the Alkali Flat Trail much more..,,

Tue Apr 02 2019

Go to another course. It is not worth to go.

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Easy and short trail. Good trail to start with in the White Sands National Park. My five year old loved it and walked it barefoot. Will definitely do again.

hiking
Tue Jul 24 2018

Nice trail. Great for spotting animal tracks early in the morning. Pet friendly, Easy . Cottonwood trees on trail for shade

Tue Jun 19 2018

Neat trail through the dunes. Trail is dog friendly and the gypsum sand is cool even during the heat of the day. Mostly open, but with a few shady spots to rest.

hiking
Fri May 18 2018

This was our favorite trail at White Sands. Some incline, but pretty easy. The gypsum is easier to walk on than regular sand.

hiking
Fri Feb 02 2018

Great easy hike with my new puppy! She loved playing in the sand and running with me. It's also very pleasant in the winter due to no people being around!

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6 days ago

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hiking
3 months ago

recorded Dune Life Nature Trail

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