Hike the Alkali Flat Loop

New Mexico Alkali Flat Trailhead

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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

Pack List

  • Water
  • More water
  • Sun Protection
  • Snack
  • Camera
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

4.9 Miles

Elev. Gain:

52 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildflowers

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How to Get There

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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