Wondering how to spend some time at White Sands National Monument? Here is a helpful Top 10!
Become a junior ranger. You can be a junior ranger at any age! It’s a fun/easy way to get acquainted with the park.
Have a picnic. They have some super weird space aged picnic benches (I think they were designed to help protect you from sand in the wind…not sure if they actually do) or you can bring a blanket and do your own thing on the sand. Just make sure to clean up your mess!
Camp. This is one of those things that I always wanted to do but never did. I went to white sands tons of times and I’m bummed I never made this happen. But you should!
Go sledding. A personal favorite of mine. I suggest buying your sled at the Walmart in town. It’s cheaper than at the park for the same sled. And bring wax if you have it for the bottom of your sled.
Go on the ranger led sunset stroll. It’s free with park entrance and you get to learn a bit more about of the park from one of the knowledgeable rangers.
Attend the balloon fiesta. White Sands does a little balloon fiesta (nothing compared to Albuquerque). The year I went it was actually canceled because of wind but we did get to see a few balloons on the ground. It seems like a fun concept so let me know how it is if you happen to catch it in action one year!
Attend a night hike. Night hikes are ranger lead programs; hiking on a clear night is lovely because the stars are so impressive (there is little light pollution) and the moon is so bright. It is definitely worth the opportunity to be in the park after dark.
Attend a night event. I went for a night time summer concert with some fiends, it was a fun activity in a town that typically doesn’t have much going on.
”Hike” one of the trails. I put hike in quotes because they have varying degrees of difficulty. The access trail is designed to be accessible and is therefore the easiest, then the dune trail is an easy mile loop. One of the harder “trails” is the five mile Alkali Flat Trail, I did it and it was a doozie, but definitely worth doing if you are in shape and bring a TON of water.
Find the camel. There is a man with a camel that regularly hangs out at White Sands…not sure why that is their thing but you should definitely try to find them!
Do you have other favorite activities at White Sands National Monument? Let me know in the comments section! Or if you’re looking for other fun things to do in the area be sure to check out some of the posts below.