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Have driven this road several times. Always a pleasure to drive.

Beautiful! I love the view.
Very hot in summer time. I was there twice. During the sunny and during the rain.

I didn't know what to expect at White Sands and was absolutely floored. This is the purest sand (gypsum, actually) you'll ever see that sparkles like the remnants of a glitter snowstorm. I didn't complete the entire trek (it was hotter than HOT and walking uphill in sand is no easy feat), but still felt satisfied. Rent a sled -- definitely get the wax too -- and you'll feel like it's Christmas in July.

The loop is pretty simple and a great warmup. I really recommend heading up the canyon off the loop. There are some nice water areas and enough folks have ventured up so there is a good path. Plus in the canyon there is a lot of shade which is quite nice for the area.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Ok let me start off in saying this was a awesome hike with great view of the valley and white sands once your up. That said it is a difficult hike you go up probably a 1000ft to the plateau which is about 2.5 to 3.0 in the next like 2250ft climb is gonna be done in about a mile and a half along a drop off with loose rocks so if your just and every day nature hiker and your dying bye the plateau turn around. For views the plateau is a good spot and I would say about four miles up invest your out of the canyon and about 5 and a quarter there is a big rock that will be on your side that's a good view. Take plenty of water let me say that again take plenty of water and I would recommend a snack. Other then that amazing hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome juxtapositions

walking
2 months ago

The white sand is unique and makes it a destination