Endless white sand at WSNP

White Sands National Park Experience


White Sands National Park Sign

White sands national park is like standing in the middle of a 360° beach! It’s such an incredible and unexpected sight. And it is so beautiful! Just pristine sand as far as you can see in every direction.

It's not snow, it's sand! White Sands NP
It’s not snow, it’s sand! White Sands NP

As we were driving in, following the road from the entrance, I started to see big white sand piles to the left with grass or plants growing all over. It was very cool though. Seeing extremely white little hills was certainly different than the red or natural colored terrain that we had been driving through.  

Sand piles at entrance White Sands NP
Sand piles at entrance White Sands NP

That was just a taste. I had no idea White Sands NP was gonna be so amazing!!

We continued our drive and pure sand began building up along both sides of the road, and then the road became covered in sand too.  By this time, the pure sand was not just close to the road. The sand had stretched out as far as you could see and there were pure sand dunes on both sides of the road. It was striking to take in. Almost like waking up and everything you see is covered in a solid coat of untouched snow. But it was white sand!!

There were people playing in the sand and sliding down the dunes. You can purchase a sled at the White Sands Visitor Center Gift Shop. Check hours though. They were not open at the time we were visiting the park. You can also bring your own sled. If you are staying in the area, inquire about sleds where you are staying. They may even provide sleds at your campsite, hotel, etc.

White Sands National Park Visitor Center
White Sands National Park Visitor Center

The cherry on top, was that the sun was starting to set while we were there. Such a majestic sight with the glow of the sun meeting the white sand out on the horizon. 

Family photo at White Sands National Park
Family photo at White Sands National Park

Going in the evening in September was ideal. The sand was not too hot to enjoy. I can see that there would be times that the sand would be so hot, during the day in summertime, that you couldn’t enjoy it. Also, wearing sunglasses would be a must when sun is out and reflecting off the sand like it does off of snow. 

This is another national park that we are so glad we decided to visit! Have you been to White Sands National Park in New Mexico? If not, we highly recommend you checking out this NP and playing in the sand!

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56 thoughts on “White Sands National Park Experience”

  1. This place looks like a gorgeous place to visit. The idea of white sand running through my toes? Yup ~ I’m liking the sound of that. Thanks for sharing. Will have to keep this in mind if we ever head that way again.

  2. I love your adventures!! White Sands does not disappoint! I love that you have shirts with your logo too! So cute!

  3. We were searching for a destination in that part of the country to visit and White Sands has made the list! That sand is amazing and reminds of us some of the beaches we have been to during our travels. Thank you for sharing.

    1. That’s great to hear! We love seeing this beautiful world and sharing it with others! If we inspire you to go too, that’s even better! Enjoy!

  4. This looks like a great piece to visit! If I didn’t know any better at first glance I thought it was snow, but that is some super beautiful white sand! Looks beautiful!

  5. I haven’t been to whit Sands NP, but I have a National Park pass so I think I should add it. My kids would love to sled!

  6. Wow I’m amazed that such a beautiful place even exists, and in New Mexico at that! I think we’d definitely love the sledding and I’m so glad you mentioned that tip!

  7. How fun would the sledding down the dunes be! I would go there just for that 🙂

  8. I’ve never been to White Sands National Park in New Mexico but I can’t believe how white the sand is. And that it’s in New Mexico. The middle of a desert. So gorgeous.

  9. I have this on my list for a road trip idea. Thanks for the info! White Sands is certainly beautiful.

  10. Wow, it’s so pretty! Too bad the Gift Shop was close during your visit, but glad you guys still enjoy being there and seeing the sand.

    1. Yes, we are getting used to visitor centers, etc being closed. We are so glad the parks and sites are open to enjoy tho!!

  11. Wow this is so beautiful! When I lived in Colorado I always wanted to visit the Sand Dunes, it’s this amazing place that basically looked like a desert and they had activities like sand surfing etc. I’m definitely adding this one to my bucket list!

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