Explore the most popular walking trails near Alamogordo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 days ago

This trail is wonderfully challenging and very picturesque. It was very overcast this morning and breezy but still quite toasty. Definitely bring plenty of water. Trail markers are frequent and I did not find an issue with finding my way. I used my hiking poles and they were very helpful in areas where the sand was difficult to trudge through. I'm definitely going to do this one again!

hiking
16 days ago

It gets hot during the summer months!!

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.

Easy quick walk along a boardwalk through the dunes. Informational signs and dog friendly.

hiking
30 days ago

March is a good time of year to explore, as it isn't too hot yet and there aren't many people. Had a good time hiking through the dunes, just make sure to keep an eye on the trail markers.

hiking
1 month ago

My family and I have made multiple trips, but today was the first time we actually completed the route, thanks to remnants of a tropical cyclone moderating the temperature and giving us some much needed rain. Starting from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, it's not so bad up to Frenchie's Line Cabin, but then it gets very steep and very narrow. There are wash outs on the narrow trail, and could be potentially dangerous, and looking around, particularly up, could become hazardous while walking. Once we got to about 4 miles, the trail is much less picturesque for the duration. We did have a wonderful time, but having finally conquered Dog Canyon, I wonder about doing it as often as we have in the past.

hiking
1 month ago

Surreal hike through gypsum sand dunes. Extremely picturesque. We started at either 8 or 9a and finished it in about 3hrs. It's a really expose hike so wear sunblock and long sleeves if you can. It was pretty windy so it didn't feel too hot. But once the wind dies down it gets hot real quick. Bring lots of water and you'll be fine.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, climbing up and down the soft sand dunes is like doing stair masters.
Don't forget sun lotion, water and good sunglasses.
Recommend to do it a dusk or dawn.

I just did this today and it was unreal. Definitely get there right when they open 1) not as hot and 2) you have a bit more solitude. Around 10 mins into the hike I realized that I could take my shoes off and jeez it made things a ton easier and way more comfortable. I brought like a half gallon of water and didn't even touch it until after the halfway point, however I don't think I would've brought any less considering how hot the sun got towards the end. Really makes you feel like you're the only one out in the desert, don't let the short distance fool you.

on Big Dune Loop

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy & accessible. Boardwalk all the way out & back. Some information boards. It's a beautiful place.

Nice introduction to the sand dunes, quick and easy.

Do not attempt this trail when the temperature is above 70°, ...you will melt! Take plenty of water and sunscreen.

For what it is, this is a cool trail. Very, very easy. There are educational signs along the way and once you learn what the different tracks in the sand are from, it's fun to search for them with kids. I took my 4 year old and she had fun. Words of warning - the boards are slick, so be careful if you have questionable tread on your shoes, and avoid using the hand rails as much as possible due to static electricity build up.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike, feels like you're on the moon... recommend taking some Gatorade or something similar to get you through it. Sun reflecting from all angles can take its toll on you. Lots of sunscreen!

Tough hike once I reached 3.5 miles.. stopped at 4 miles . The hike back to truck was slightly rough suggest good hiking shoes and thick socks.

Feel great & stronger.

If your not in shape your gonna be hurting

Nice hike, but not the best of the park

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great hike, views and terrain, awesome! The weather was mild being February (a plus). Being a 42 yr old Midwesterner with no significant local elevation changes this hike was a challenge but doable, 5.5 hrs out/back. You need to be in reasonable physical condition to complete it though. Also, must take plenty of water and some snacks. Well worth the planning!

hiking
3 months ago

We did a ‘baby equilateral triangle’, went in for about only 5 markers, then cut across to the other side of the trail, and walked out, for a total of 1.5 miles. Worked great with children. With a lot of exploration on the way, took about 1 hour. Saw a bleached earless lizard. The sand just beneath north slopes was very cool despite the air temperature being well above 80s.

hiking
4 months ago

Cool trail, nice views especially at the flats past the dunes. Sunset was pretty too

hiking
4 months ago

Had a blast with this hike - definitely one of the more unique ones in the area. Not too difficult, by any means, but bear in mind you are walking up/down sand dunes. Going up will take a bit more effort, with some backward progress. Trail is surprisingly well-marked, given that these are shifting dunes. Make sure you bring sunglasses (the sand is bright white and reflects the sun) and water/chapstick for the dry air. Believe you can rent snow sleds in the front office as well, if you want to sled the dunes - tons of fun!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views and wildlife. Like others have said, moderate trail til around the 2.5 mile mark, then becomes much harder. The transition will be quite obvious, though.

Great trail, made it 2.5 miles in before my hiking partner and was gassed and needed to turn back. The views are amazing and the trail is challenging, definitely bring lots of water.

hiking
4 months ago

Didn’t seem worth the effort. Felt like I could have gotten as much from a scenery perspective by hiking in a half mile and back out. The scenery just doesn’t change much. No wow moment for us.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, one of the best I've done so far in New Mexico. Canyon is stunning, views breathtaking. Except for the first mile I didn't meet anyone at the trail (a sunday in june). Trail is easy to follow, but between milemarker 3 and 4 it can be tough, in some places you'll have to watch your step. Last mile and a half until dirt road is relatively level.

This is a great walk. Very impressed with how well marked it is given the constantly shifting dunes. The sand from the far side of the dunes is surprisingly whiter than near the parking loop. Bring some back from the farthest parts of your hike and compare. I recommend walking clockwise to get the more strenuous part at the beginning of the walk but it’s fine either way.

This was SUCH an amazing hike! It is exceptionally difficult- we made it 2.5 in, through the second set of switchbacks! Absolutely GORGEOUS.

Bring LOADS of water, maybe some snacks.

We will be going back!

By the way, bring 5 dollars cash, and be prepared for an all-day experience!

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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