WHITE SANDS NATIONAL PARK

White Sands National Park became a national monument when President Hoover signed the Antiquities act of 1906. Before it was protected, people came to the area for many different reasons. In the early days, people came looking for food, water, and shelter. Later on when explorers and miners made their way to the White Sand National Park to find salt and gypsum.

Places to Visit

Lake Lucero

Lake Lucero

In the Tularosa Basin, you will find Lake Lucero. The lake is known for its high volume of wind deposited gypsum. The lake is in a protected area for military security. Guided tours are provided by the National Park Service.

Dunes Life Nature Trail

Dunes Life Nature Trail

This one-mile loop is moderately difficult. If it is over 85 degrees it is not recommended to do the hike. On this hike, you will hike up two sand dunes and see the new vegetation. This is not where you play in the sand. The area is strictly for observation purposes. You can drive to the center of the dunes to sandboard and sled.

Interdune Boardwalk

Interdune Boardwalk

The Interdune Boardwalk is a great way for the whole family to view the dunes. There are ten exhibits along the boardwalk to learn about the dunes. Dogs are allowed on the boardwalk as long as they are on a leash and are not being disruptive. The walk is .4 miles and will take around 20 minutes.

Playa Trail

Playa Trail

The Playa Trail is an easy half-mile hike that is good for everyone in the family. The hike displays a playa that is a dried-up lake bed that fills up from rainstorms. It is imperative that you stay on the trail; The biological soil crust is easily destroyed by footprints. Pets are allowed if they are on a leash and non-disruptive.

Visitor Center

White Sands National Park Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is a great place to go to learn more about the features within the park. TheĀ  architecture of the building is a mix of Spanish and Pueblo styles. All the materials and furniture are locally sourced.

Historic District

White Sands Historic District

The Historic District is made up of 8 Pueblan buildings including the Visitor Center. The buildings were built from 1936 to 1940 and are done in a Pueblan-Revival style.

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