When was the last time you went to New Mexico? Well, let us rephrase that. When was the last time you had a reason to go to New Mexico? Unless you’re from there, have to travel there for work, or have friends and family there to visit, New Mexico isn’t usually on the top of travelers’ lists for destinations to travel to, right? Think again! If you weren’t already aware, New Mexico is home to the White Sands National Monument located in the northern Chihuahuan Desert.

White Sands National Monument

Never heard of the White Sands National Monument? Not to worry – that’s what we are here for. The monument is best known for it’s rare and beautiful 275 square mile landscape of white gypsum sand dunes. Many visitors love to travel to the monument to take a hike or bike ride through the trails that run through the dunes, such as the Interdune Boardwalk and the Dune Life Nature Trail. Dunes Drive is a road that loops through from the White Sands Visitor Center to the dune field.

White Sands National Monument Landscape

The monument has been a a part of a legacy for over 10,000 years. It’s home to a large variety of wild life and provides many opportunities for visitors to create memories that will last a lifetime. The monument has been known to allow individuals to develop a deeper connection to nature through physical and spiritual sustenance to humankind. So what exactly is there to do at White Sands National Monument for visitors? Read on to find out!

Things To Do

Yucca at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo New Mexico Yucca at White Sand National Monument

Within White Sands National Monument, you’ll have the opportunity to venture out into the dunes and explore so many things within this destination. If you are one who enjoys a strenuous hike, there are more than enough areas to pack a bag and hike through the dunes. This is also a perfect place for families. You can head to playgrounds or embark in inspirational moments all throughout the dunes. We are sure you’ve never seen anything like this before. You also have access to horses to ride through the dunes as well as other pack animals. If you’re a photographer, this will be a wonderland for you. You can even go sledding down the dunes if you’re feeling adventurous.

Are you interested in visiting the White Sands National Monument? Be sure to check out their Visitor Center website for all the information you’ll need.

Have you been to the monument before? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!

White Sands National Monument