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.

on Big Dune Loop

hiking
3 days ago

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

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

hiking
6 days 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.

1 month 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

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
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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!

hiking
4 months ago

This place is a MUST GO. The gypsum sand is beautiful and the park is so open, vast and you just get this sense of freedom. We pulled off on a side parking spot and headed out with our dogs and just found our own little spot. The dogs absolutely loved the sand and watching them run around without a care in the world gives ya a good feeling. The sky touches the sand and you can see the mountains in the far background. Absolutely breathtaking. This is by far one of my favorite parks and I’m so glad we took the time to spend a couple hours there.

beautiful hike and beautiful scenery. saw a rabbit in the distance otherwise not much wildlife. and not a particularly difficult or diverse hike. but the views make it unique and memorable. this particular trail gets you away from the crowds at the park (tourists, sledding and photog'ing) and offers off-trail opps with virgin sands and unblemished views. will remember it vividly.

hiking
4 months ago

My granddaughter Natalia and I walked this trail counterclockwise, when we finished it we noticed that they recommended to walk it clockwise, Any way you walk it you will find wonderful views. Climb the dunes is not easy because the soft sand, but going down is very fun especially if you keep standing. We did the trail the last Saturday of December, very nice weather and a lot of people enjoying this beautiful place, some sledding down the dunes and some just walking. This is a beautiful trail to enjoy and to have a nice time with the family.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Fantastic and unique. Well marked, suggest cool weather only. If you are any place close make the extra time to do this.

Made it to 3.5mi marker in about 2.5hrs. Took about 1.75hrs to get back down to the parking lot. Costs $5 per vehicle to park for the day to hike. The views were great and the trail was well marked. Only ran into three other groups of hikers the whole time we were out there (Christmas Eve). There was water available in the creek by the cabin ruins (2.75mi up) if you need a spot to refill. We each brought two liters a piece and it was plenty. Definitely recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

This trial is awesome! Perfect temperature in the middle of the day when you hike in December. Not too many people! Little vegetation. Astonishing views along the trail. Highly recommended! If you are not hiking alone, get a sled board from the visitor center, so that you can have a great time sled down the dunes as you hike!

hiking
5 months ago

I have only been able to hike a section of this trail. Too long and strenuous for me. Very scenic.

hiking
5 months ago

duuuuuuude. everyone should do this hike. It is not easy, you're going up and down very very soft sand. If its winter, its warm and then as the sun starts to go down, it gets very very cold. It took me about 2.5 to 3 hours with stops to eat a sandwich and just enjoy the view along the way. I went on the trail alone, I brought a bunch of water, I mostly had cell service the entire time, and it made me consider the world in a weird way. It's a trippy hike. I ended it at sunset and it was breathtaking.

hiking
5 months ago

Dang. I love this trail. I didn't make it to the end because I knew I'd run out of sunlight but it's now on my bucket list to come back and complete it. The views, the plants and landscape, are incredible. And I love the challenge of it. It's not for the faint of heart but most anyone can do the first mile and see the awesome views!

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