Dunes Drive, White Sands NP

Total Miles


1220.8 ft


1 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Dunes Drive is an exciting and easy drive through White Sands National Park to experience the ancient gypsum dune field. The "sand" is hard-packed gypsum crystals and can easily be driven in a low clearance 2wd. Many people bring waxed sleds for sliding down the soft dunes throughout the park. Covered picnic areas can be found along the North East loop with charcoal grills and pit toilets. Driving off the designated route is prohibited. Bring plenty of water and snacks it can get warm quickly from the reflected heat off the dunes. Be aware of the weather it can change quickly.


The surface is hard-packed sand that is easy for low clearance 2wd. Beware of weather and wind in case a sand storm kicks up, visibility could be very limited.

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