White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument has been on my bucket list for quite some time now, and this past week I finally got to go! Such a magical place! 275 miles of white gypsum sand dune glory!

White Sands National Monument is located in the South Eastern part of New Mexico, about 15 miles West of the town Alamogordo. The park contains over 275 miles of white gypsum sand and is a variety of recreation activities available.

You can hike the dunes, purchase a sled at the visitor center, utilize the grill in one of the many picnicking area’s, bring you bike, bring your horse, bring you camping gear for primitive camping. 

Entrance Fees: 

Adults (16+) $5

Children (15 and younger) Free

America The Beautiful State Park Pass: Accepted/Free

Primitive camping: entrance fee +$3 per person/permit

To camp, you must obtain a permit in person at the visitor center. No advance reservations are accepted. There are 10 primitive backcountry sites along the two-mile trail. These sites are on a first-come, first-served basis. (see camping brochure here)

Monument operating hours vary by season, and the monument is occasionally closed for periods of time due to missile tests on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range.

Visitors are encouraged to call the visitor center at (575) 479-6124 ext. 236 to verify that a closure is not in effect. 

For more information please visit the White Sands Website here.


For other free camping in the Alamogordo area, visit www.freecampsites.net
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