SECRET TIPS on Visiting White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park is a giant beach wedged between two mountain ranges in southern New Mexico.

You will not find any water at this beach. With mountains on the horizon, you will swear those sparkling white sands are snow.

The sands are surprisingly cool to the touch. You can run your toes through the sand without fearing getting burnt.

White Sands National Park received over 700,000 visitors annually in the past three years.

March consistently sees the most guests by a wide margin.  Followed by April and May.

First, arrive early. It is not a revelation, but this small thing puts you ahead of the masses.

Second, immediately drive to the back of the park. Most people start in the front and slowly work their way toward the back.

One road takes you through the entire park. Starting in the back gives you a lot of space from the mobs.

As a bonus, the best dunes for sand sledding await you in the second half of the park.

Many guests anxiously park their cars and sprint to the first dunes to experience the thrill of sand sledding.

The back of the park has less vegetation, yielding cleaner dunes for sledding.

No matter when you visit, we suggest packing layers.  Mornings are chilly with warmth in the afternoons.

The wind-blown sand can also present issues while you navigate Dunes Drive. It is like driving in snow. Take it slow,

Rangers educate guests on sunset strolls. These regularly occur throughout the year on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

For each full moon from May through October, the park extends its hours as the moon illuminates the desert dunes.

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For information on this park, including how to sled here and ranger lead strolls at sunset,

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