White Sands Backcountry Trail

  • Shadows on the dunes in White Sands National Monument.
  • Wilson's Warbler in White Sands National Monument.
  • Black-tailed Jackrabbit in White Sands National Monument.
  • Western Diamondback Rattlesnake in White Sands National Monument.


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New Mexico

White Sands

White Sands Backcountry Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in White Sands National Monument near Las Cruces. The monument says "Although used most frequently by backpackers who want to spend a night under the stars in the dunes, the backcountry camping trail is also open to visitors that want a shorter hike through the heart of the dunes. This trail is located at the fork near the end of the Dunes Drive." Warning, if you are hiking in the summer time, make sure to carry plenty of water and protection from the sun.


President Herbert Hoover established White Sands National Monument in 1933.

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Contact: White Sands National Monument 19955 Highway 70 W Alamogordo, NM 88310

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