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White Sands National Monument - 4 members in 22 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 18 2018
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Checked out all 5 trails. Alkali Flats was probably the best once you got away from the tourists.
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Jan 01 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Watched the moonset for Jan 1 from out in the dunes -- great experience being out there with no one ( we had paid for early access into the park)..watched the sunrise and headed back to PHX mid morning! Nice way to kickoff 2018!
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 Chandler, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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More wanderings in the dunes for photography - we were out most of the day in the Alkali Dunes area
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 Chandler, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Random wanderings out in the dunes from Backpackers TH
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Mar 09 2017
The_Whit
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 Joined Mar 12 2015
 Phoenix
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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My family and I explored White Sands National Monument over Spring Break last week. Let's just say that I found the 275 square miles of white gypsum located in the middle of the desert to be fascinating. The sand was very cool to the touch and my children ran barefoot over the dunes and made delightful sand angels. The day was quite warm last Thursday, reaching over 80 degrees by midday. My family decided to leave me to it to hike and explore the white sands further. I took the backcountry route, clearly marked and easy to follow. Throughout the hike I definitely felt the intensity of the heat and sun on the reflective white sands. I would love to return to this majestic place for a moonlit hike or quick backpacking adventure.

No wildlife to report other than beetle tracks in the sand.
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May 11 2016
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48 female
 Joined Oct 15 2002
 Safford
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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cactuscat
Hiking4.00 Miles 250 AEG
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This place is amazing!
Had been thinking about checking it out since Chad and Addie went a while back ... thought this might be my last chance before it got too hot. I was wrong - or rather, the weather forecast I used was wrong ... way wrong, by about 20 degrees! Was 87 when I got there.
Back to the beginning. I love a semi-spontaneous road trip, and I love exploring new territory. Right after I got east of Bowie on the I-10 and celebrated entering into new territory, I suddenly realized I forgot to leave food out for my fat cat - crap!! Thought about going back but that would have cost me three hours ... decided Lucy would be okay, and apologized to her in my head.
Stopped at the NM visitor center in Lordsburg and picked up some maps and info as well as free food and pin. Proceeded through Demming and to Las Cruces, where I got a bit thrown by some detours and went about 10 minutes out of the way towards El Paso. Las Cruces seems okay but I do not like the horizontal traffic lights.
Finally drove past the NASA facilities and through the missile range and a Border Patrol checkpoint to arrive at the Monument around 3:30 local time.
Went in the V.C. to arrange my campsite - it cant be done ahead of time since they might have to close for missile testing. They have 10 campsites - that's it, and you have to hike a mile or so to them. They only cost $3 ... plus the Park entry fee of $5.
At long last I drove a couple more minutes and finally saw some white sand! Lots and lots of REALLY WHITE SAND! It really is otherworldly.
I went to a picnic area and ate (wolfed down, really) the delicious chicken Caesar salad from the gift shop while I looked at the brochures and tried to adjust to the bizarre landscape.
I drove the Dunes Loop road twice, stopping at various places to ogle the views, take photos and play in the sand ... didn't sled, but it looks super fun and I want to next time.
About an hour before sunset, I started the backcountry camping trail ... only .9 mile to my site, but wow is climbing sand dunes with a backpack a good workout! Got there in about 30 mins and quickly set up my camp - wasn't much to it - then explored more dunes and enjoyed a spectacular sunset.
It was so intensely quiet that I couldn't even bear to fire up my stove so I ate cold food. The stars were amazing, but it was the absolute silence which impressed me ... no birds, no bugs, no trees to rustle in the wind, heck no wind for that matter.
Very cool place, and I will go back. Next time I will remember to feed the cat so I don't have to rush right home in the morning. And I will take an umbrella for shade.
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Mar 21 2016
SkyIslander18
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 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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SkyIslander18
Backpack8.00 Miles 650 AEG
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After talkin' 'bout it for 2 years, we finally got our a's out to White Sands!

3/21 - Departed Safford at 5am. After 2 stops along the way in Lordsburg & Las Cruces, we pulled into White Sands at 11am. First stop was at the visitor center to secure our backcountry camping permit. We then drove the entire monument road checking everything out before stopping at one of the picnic areas to get our day packs ready for the Alkali Flats trail.

Alkali Flats trail - Arrived at the trail-head, signed the register and off we went. We headed out with several others clockwise, but by mile 1 we were all alone the rest of the 5 mile loop. By far the most unique "trail" I have ever hiked following trail markers up & down white sand dunes. Beautiful, surreal, one of a kind experience, etc .......... It was Awesome!!!

After our hike, we headed back to the picnic area to rest and prepare our backpacks for the hike in to our backcountry campsite for the night.

Backcountry Camping Loop - Arrived at the camping trail-head, signed the register and off we went again. Only a .8 mile hike in to our site (#10). Being such a short hike in, we overstuffed our packs with some comforts including a propane heater and beach chairs (yolo). We finished setting up camp as the sun was going down, climbed up to the high dune to photograph the sunset and then set out for a nice 98% full moon hike for about an hour. Again ..... Beautiful, surreal, one of a kind experience, etc .......... It was Awesome!!!
Bed came early along with a night chill, great first day.

3/22 - Awoke early beating the sun up and spent the beginning of this new day atop another high dune photographing a very nice sunrise. We broke camp, hiked back out to the car & headed out stopping at the visitor center once more to purchase a few souvenirs of our stay.

White Sands exceeded my expectations!
Already can't wait to go back for some off-trail hiking further into the dunes.
Very rewarding trip with my most crazy, hilarious bad pumpkin partner !!!
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Jan 16 2016
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 Joined Oct 13 2012
 Tucson, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Hiking2.50 Miles 250 AEG
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Oct 09 2015
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Returning from a trip to Colorado, I overnighted in Alamogordo and stopped briefly at White Sands the next morning on the way home. I hadn't been there in awhile, so it was fun driving in for a look around. Always surreal. :)
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Just a few plants starting to show some yellow and rust color.
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May 11 2013
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 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Hiking4.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Dec 04 2012
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 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Hiking4.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Feb 20 2012
imike
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69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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imike
Hiking24.00 Miles 900 AEG
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ventured out into the no man's land across the playa to Lake Lucero... special permit access to this area wherein lies the debris of the various military testings. Permit is subject to no scheduled tests. Lots of miles...lots of sand... little elevation gain! Blistered out the bottom of both feet! fun stuff!
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Mar 17 2011
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 Mesa, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Hiking4.00 Miles 250 AEG
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 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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HAZ - Event
Took a few fine folks from the ABC to New Mexico - a part of my 2011 pledge to spend more time south of the "AZ Line" (hypothetically located between Casa Grande and Picacho Peak). Not only did I LOVE the White Sands, but the Organ Mountains really called to me, and I felt as though Ruidoso was teasing me with it's lights high on the mountains. Hmmmmm.....

We arrived at the park at around 3:30pm, after a very fun road trip from Tucson (including hat shopping at the truck stop in Lordsburg and stuffed hotdogs and sopapillas in Las Cruces). They told us that if we arrived after 4:20 that we'd be out of luck for camping permits, because they didn't want us out "wandering the dunes" in the dark. Well - their estimate of an hour from the visitor center to the campground would not have been at all accurate if we had spent a little less time carefully packing our gear, but ended up paying off. Laden like we were on a week-long trek through a waterless wilderness, we set off from the parking area at about 4:30, only to stumble upon our assigned camping depression less than half an hour later. It really was a breeze of a walk, but long enough to make us feel completely isolated from anyone else in the world. Fantastic.

Although the moon was nearly full, hiking at night turned out to be more difficult than you'd imagine. First, it's cold out there - our first night saw temps in the low twenties. Second, moonlight doesn't give you the same depth-discerning abilities as the sun. It's all a big, white, featureless blanket. It's very disconcerting, but also quite fun (suddenly, you're going up hill, oops, now down, oops, that spot's not going to support your weight!).

Day 2 we split into two groups: the football fans who drove into Alamagordo to watch the Bears game at Applebee's, and the group who actually came to camp and hike, who wandered about the park doing various hikes, hitting the tops of a few tall dunes and generally misbehaving (spelled s_l_e_d_s).

Night 2 was about 10 degrees warmer, which certainly helped a lot, but still made for a chilly morning. We talked about heading out and doing the Alkali Flat trail, but most of us just wanted to head home. Interesting...Phoenix folks sure do talk up that "extra 2 hours" of driving time when they come down south :? Too bad they don't calculate it in MY travel time when I head north!

A few things to note if you're wanting to camp/backpack/explore the beautiful gypsum dunes of New Mexico:
  • Although none of the brochures or rangers will tell you so, foxes can be a problem in your campsite. They don't just steal your food, they steal the pot you cooked it in, the bag you stored it in, the plate you ate it from. You will never see these things again. Looking is futile, and they leave mysterious footprints just to mislead you. Better to store your food in your tent or better - at the bottom of your sleeping bag.
  • The sleds at the visitor center, with a little wax and human ingenuity, make excellent cargo sleds. Just don't let them hit you on the heels as you descend the dunes.
  • Gallon jugs stored out in the open on 22deg. nights tend to freeze solid, and thus do not make very good coffee in the morning.
  • If you are a fan of small, local restaurants with vegetarian fare, good beer and TVs to watch a Bears game, Alamagordo is evidently not the place to be on Sunday morning.
  • You do need to get a new permit each night that you camp on the dunes - which means that you will have to visit the Visitor Center each day of your stay. Not a big deal, since you'll probably want to walk out to the parking area to use the bathroom anyway (the dunes don't offer much in the way of cover).
  • Ben and Jerry's Coffe Heath Bar Crunch tastes freaking awesome at the top of a gypsum dune, and I think that a $5 cowboy hat and aviator glasses improve it even more.
  • The best way to ensure that people sled or tromp all over the pristine dunes and write rude messages in the sand is to put up a sign saying "This area is for nature study - please drive to the south end of the park for sand play." This way you save the south end of the park from these silly activities.
  • Leaving your camera on the dining room table before a trip to White Sands is only minimally more idiotic than leaving your shoes on the same table before hiking in Sycamore Canyon. All of my pictures came from either Tiffani or Derrick - thanks for sharing guys!
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Feb 22 2010
imike
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Dune Life Nature TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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imike
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took the fast tour around the informative loop... nice little trip. This portion of the dunes is one the transitional edge of the pure sand dunes, and includes meadows and nice views of the surrounding mountain ranges... worth the time
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Feb 02 2010
imike
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 Cloudcroft, NM
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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imike
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Rode out to the monument and met up with the folks touring cross country on their bikes. Follow their progress at PathLessPedaled.com. Winter storm closing in on them, so they'll likely hang around my place a few days, then on to Carlsbad, Guadalupe Peak, Big Bend, The Texas Hill country... New Orleans and points beyond.... they are always looking for stayovers... a place to set up tent and grab a hot shower. If you know anyone in these areas, send them a message on their website.

great day out on the bike...
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Jan 02 2010
imike
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White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
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imike
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easy amble our among the dunes... wish they unlocked the entry gate before 7am!
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Dec 27 2009
imike
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White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
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Feb 20 2009
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
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after driving across country from Augusta Georgia for 40 hours straight with no sleep, I stopped and hiked around white sands. from the mountain i crossed before getting there, it looked like snow for miles, but soon as you got there, you can see miles of beautiful sand even more prettier than my home Florida and South Carolina. The sand is Gyspum I believe so if a little water mixed with it, it turned into plaster. You have to come here just to see it, and bring a snow board, a plastic tobogan to slide down the hills. Be careful, you can easily get turned around in here, as I helped a girl get back to her car, for she was seriously lost for hours with no water she said.
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 SLC, Utah
Alkali Flats TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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