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Discover the mesmerizing dunes of White Sands National Park. The largest gypsum dunefield in the world is one entrancing place, with hikes through the dunes, interpretive trails, and plenty of picnic areas to sled in the sand. And with Shaka Guide, you’ll hear some of the incredible stories that make White Sands National Park such a fascinating place to be.
Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!
• Take a challenging hike through expansive dune fields at Alkali Flat Trailhead.
• Go on a stroll amidst the gypsum dunes at The Interdune Boardwalk.
• Visit the historic White Sands Visitor Center for informative exhibits and to chat with a ranger.
• Witness some of the park's diverse flora and fauna at the Dune Life Nature Trail.
• Explore the Playa Trail - a captivating path leading to ephemeral wetlands, known as playas, offering a unique opportunity to witness the fascinating interactions between sand and water.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Recommended Start Time: Before 9:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): The tour has four starting points: Route 70 coming from Las Cruces, NM, Route 54 near Tularosa, NM, Route 82 coming from Cloudcroft, NM, and Route 54 south of Alamogordo, NM.
Time to complete: 2-4 Hours
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White Sands National Park is located in southern New Mexico, near the town of Alamogordo. It’s located about 220 miles, or three and a half hours from Albuquerque. If you’re taking Shaka Guide’s White Sands National Park Tour, we’ll guide you to t...
Yes, visitors can go sledding on the park's gypsum sand dunes. To go sledding at White Sands National Park, rent a sled or bring your own, then head to designated dunes (not all dunes are suitable for sledding, so check in advance). Be sure to fol...
The best time to visit White Sands National Park is during the fall (October to November) and spring (February to April). During this time, the temperatures are milder, offering more comfortable conditions for outdoor activities.
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What you spend depends on the activities you do, but here’s a list of entry fees on the tour:
The park is open from 7 a.m. - sunset all year round. Every stop on the tour, aside from the visitor center, is accessible during these times. The White Sands Visitor Center is open 9am-5pm daily, September through May. 9am-6pm daily Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Yes! The tour has four starting points: Route 70 coming from Las Cruces, NM, Route 54 near Tularosa, NM, Route 82 coming from Cloudcroft, NM, and Route 54 south of Alamogordo, NM. If you’d like to join the tour en route, just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.
No, this tour is only available in one direction.
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