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Tips on how to get the most out of your trip to White Sands National Park

Aug 20, 2021 | New Mexico | 0 comments

I’ve been to some great National Parks in my life, and I’m not even a huge national park person. But if you’re looking for something different than your regular vacation spot, White Sands is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen. This blog post will give you some tips on how to get the most out of your trip there!

About White Sands

Located in New Mexico, White Sands National Park is the perfect place for you to get your tan on. With more than 275 square miles of pure white sand dunes and mountains, this natural wonderland offers a scenic desert landscape that can’t be found anywhere else in the world!
Know before you go
Hours: 7 am-9 pm
Entrance Fee: $25 per vehicle
Camping: Backcountry camping is not available at this time.
Dogs: Are allowed but must be on a leash at all times.
There’s nothing quite like visiting a national park to appreciate the natural beauty of Mother Earth–White Sands in New Mexico is certainly one of those parks you’ll never forget! As soon as I got out of my car, it was clear this wasn’t just any old desert: I could hear people talking behind me about how they can feel their skin drying up because there isn’t enough moisture there!–but when we turned around to go back inside our cars for protection from the sun (and sand) outside, we were greeted by these gorgeous hills lined with dunes made entirely of white sand and mud. The heat will make the event a short one. Prepare to be there for an hour or two and have some cool refreshments at your disposal!

What to do:


Climb Sand Dunes

I like to hike the sand dunes. The challenge of climbing and running up such an incline is exhilarating, but be sure you remember your sunscreen! Also, be prepared for the scorching heat. I was expecting the sand to be hot, but it’s not! The white sands here don’t seem to heat up as regular sandy beaches do – so your toes will stay nice and cozy while you sunbathe on a hot desert day of vacation.


Grab a sled for the desert white sand at their onsite gift shop or bring your own! Their onsite gift shop sells them at affordable prices and you need wax otherwise it will get stuck in the sand.


1. Water
2. Sunscreen
3. Sled with wax
4. Be prepared for the heat. There is zero shade.
5. Dog friendly so bring a leash
6. Do not wash your car. It is going to be full of sand.
7. It’s the desert so it gets cold at night.

During your drive


Dust Devil

I saw a ton of dust devils during our drive and it was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. It would start off small in size but then grow into this huge, whirlwind that seemed to come alive before our eyes! Have you ever seen a dust devil? Here is your chance. They usually pose no threat, but on rare occasions, they grow big enough to be dangerous!
I know what you are thinking, how could I not have a picture? The thing is that dust devils move way too fast. They whip in and off the road so quickly it’s hard to catch them on film!

Stop at a Pistachio Farm

You can experience the New Mexico desert just by stopping at a pistachio farm. You won’t be disappointed in how fresh and crunchy these treats are! Try the Red Pepper Pistachios; they are so good! While you are there sip on some homemade wine. We finished an entire bottle that night.
I’ll never forget how cool it felt to experience the white sands of this desert in the middle of nowhere. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one that made me fall even more deeply in love with our country. If you want to plan out your next adventure but need help getting started, let us know. Our team can coordinate all aspects of planning for your trip and will work hard to make sure you have everything covered so nothing goes wrong on what should be one of the best trips ever! Give us a call or email us at
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