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Alamogordo, New Mexico: White Sands: Alien Dunescape Team Field Report

White Sands National Park

19955 US-70, Alamogordo, NM
White Sands National Park. From Alamogordo drive west on US Hwy 70 for 13.5 miles. Entrance on right. The park is sometimes closed during missile tests, so call ahead. Bring a hat and plenty of bottled water.
Summer daily 7am - 8pm; earlier closings off-season. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$25 per vehicle, $20 per motorcycle
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White Sands.

White Sands: Alien Dunescape

Ride snow saucers year-round down towering dunes of gypsum crystals that cover hundreds of square miles. Surprisingly close to civilization for an alien moonscape. Report... [04/20/2017]

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Dog-friendly sand dune.

White Sands: Alien Dunescape

Beautiful, dog-friendly National Park! Dogs are allowed everywhere except the buildings. My pup loved the wide open spaces, and the white sand wasn't hot on his paws, at least on our visit in early October. Dogs must be leashed at all times, of course. The landscape truly is other-worldly.

[Brenda Shackleford, 10/18/2023]
White Sands: Alien Dunescape

We had a ton of fun! I strongly recommend those round, plastic saucer sleds. We had a wooden one and a snowboard and both were too heavy. Although it could have been the recent rain.

[Angie, 02/19/2023]
White Sands: Alien Dunescape

According to a ranger there, multiple Hollywood projects have been filmed at the park, including such classics as Year One and Tank Girl. Aerial shots are no longer allowed after a helicopter shooting a Boyz II Men music video drifted a little too close to a classified project at the neighboring Air Force base.

[George Wymenga, 11/20/2019]

White Sands picnic tables.

White Sands: Alien Dunescape

White Sands has great picnic areas with covered tables.

[Leeandpaul, 04/14/2019]

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