Sand Sledding at White Sands National Monument! #milfam adventures

Sand Sledding at White Sands National Monument! #milfam adventures

Today started out perfectly, a travel mug full of coffee and a caravan of cars filled with friends.  To me, that is a great way to start a Saturday.  We headed up to White Sands National Monument, which is just outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico (About 1.5 hours away).  Hubs and I have been up to White Sands, several times to go sand sledding, but our friends had not, which was why we decided to go again.

White Sands National Monument
Sand Sledding

White sand as far as you can see, like snow that isn’t cold.  In fact, one of the little girls with us today kept saying “SNOW!”  when we first arrived. It is truly a sight that is unique and one of a kind.  I still get caught up in the landscape, and seeing nothing but white sand for miles in some directions.

White Sands entry
White Sands, New Mexico

Sledding on sand is so much fun!  Who knew that a sled, and a bit of wax could be so much fun on a hill of sand.  It really is that simple, just pull up a sled and ride out the day.

Sand Sledding
   Two sleds, 2 grown-ups and 2 toddlers on a hill!
Diggin at White Sands!
     Little man found some shade in the least shady place I have ever seen!
My Turn!
     I am so glad we took the day to go up and sled again, with friends, to share the fun.  The more the merrier in my opinion, and today we had a group of 9!    A perfect way to spend time with some of our Ft Bliss family!
Tips for sand sledding:
  • Do not take sand with you!  White Sands is a national monument, taking sand with you (other than the amount that sticks to you) is against the rules
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen.  There is little to no shade in the park.
  • Sleds get scratched easily, so waxing your sled keeps it moving smooth.
  • For myself, walking barefoot is a lot easier in the fine sand, than with shoes.
  • The sand is much finer than the sand you see at beaches.  It will get into everything you bring.
  • Take lots of water!
  • For the steeper slopes head all the way back to the picnic areas.
  • Enjoy the view by walking past the first set of dunes and away from traffic to enjoy the quiet, but do not go out too far and forget where your car is located.  :)


  1. this looks like SO much fun! I would love to try this out. I wonder if there are any places in SoCal to do this

  2. I live in a desert. Going to visit one is not appealing to me, especially since it was 120 degrees last week. If I go visit sands, it has to be the beach! Glad you had fun.

    Danielle @ Royalegacy

  3. I would love to go there. That sand is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh my goodness- this looks awesome!!! I have never heard of sand sledding but I love the idea! Thank you!

  5. This is so cool and looks like so much FUN!!! I'd love for you to link your post to our Tuesdays Travels linky and am fixing to pin it too . Maybe we can visit one of these days so neat!!!

  6. That looks like lots of fun! We don't have anything like that near us, so I have to wait for the snow. If we ever get out that way, this would be an activity that's right up our alley. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. I love sledding at White Sands! So much fun.