Hike the Alkali Flat Loop
New Mexico › Alkali Flat Trailhead
Added by The Outbound Collective
Take in sweeping views of sandy flats interrupted by occasional shrubbery and wildflowers, and framed by the mountains in the background.
From the US 70 pull into the White Sands Visitor Center. Then continue along Dunes drive. Eventually Dunes Drive turns into Loop Drive. At the end of this road you will find the Alkali Flat trailhead. Trail is well marked with red. Be sure to bring plenty of water on this hike! Good for all skill levels and kids.
Photos: Alyson Hurt
- More water
- Sun Protection
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
No Trail, No Problem
This was the first "Trail" our family has ever hiked that wasn't an actual trail. Simply follow the trail markers along the beautiful white sand dunes. Very serene if you can make it to the park before crowds show up.
More Adventures Nearby
Hike Little Bear Canyon to the Middle Fork of the Gila River
New Mexico / TJ Corral Trailhead
After driving the winding mountain road from Silver City to Gila Hot Springs, I knew I had to do more than just see the Gila Cliff Dwellings (which are stunning, don't miss them).
Hike the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Trail
New Mexico / Rio Grande Gorge Rest Area
Drive 12 miles west of Taos, New Mexico on US Hwy 64, and you'll drive directly onto the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge that spans 1,280 feet.