Like No Place Else On Earth

Explore 275 square miles of the largest gypsum dunefield in the world. Unique plants and animals make this truly an amazing adventure.

One of the World’s Great Natural Wonders

The white sands of New Mexico glisten in wave-like dunes that engulf 275 square miles of desert. This phenomenon is the world’s largest gypsum dune field and is home to White Sands National Monument.

Long known as a recreation mecca in southern New Mexico, White Sands is an ideal location to sled down dunes on snow saucers (available for sale in the gift shop), fly kites, hike the 9 miles of marked trails, walk the dunes at sunset, drive or bike along a paved road (only the first five miles of Dunes Drive is paved, the remaining three miles are a hard-packed gypsum road) that leads to the heart of the dunes, picnic at shaded tables while you enjoy beautiful vistas, and take spectacular photos. Don’t forget to attend a ranger program or stop by the visitor center to watch the orientation film.

What’s Your Passion?

Enjoy this beautiful landscape your way.
Whether it’s biking, hiking, picnicking, driving, or exploring, you can
experience White Sands on your terms.

White Sands Trading
Concessioner of the gift shop and its grab-and-go food and beverage area, White Sands Trading is proud to join with the NPS in preserving this rich ecosystem for generations to come.

We are vigilant in using best practices to limit our impact on the environment and to educate visitors about the fragility of this unique area. We invite everyone to join with us in protecting and preserving the historic building we occupy as well as this unparalled desert-scape.