White Sands Backcountry Trail

EASY 26 reviews

White Sands Backcountry Trail is a 1.8 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, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

If you are just walking the loose sand and climbing up and down 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.

hiking
10 days ago

Great place to take your dog and let them run around. Also beautiful sunsets and you can ride sleds

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

scenic driving
7 months ago

Not exactly "hiking" but this monument is a beautiful pit stop on the way to las cruces. Also, the lady working in the gift shop is awesome and gave us restaurant suggestions around the area.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful and quiet.

hiking
10 months ago

I felt like I was on another planet out here. This place is so cool. I loved it.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

very easy and beautifully unique. this trail hits some sweet spots where you are on top of the dunes with a 360 view of white sands. winter time is very cold. saw kids sledding like it was snow!

11 months ago

Amazing place!...loved it!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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!

hiking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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.

Monday, December 28, 2015

camping
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
Monday, July 15, 2013

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