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Interdune Boardwalk

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 2.8 (5)

A short boardwalk offering access to a beautiful interdune environment for all visitors.


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Point to Point

3,982' 1,214 m

High

3,975' 1,212 m

Low

7' 2 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

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Avg Grade (1°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short boardwalk that is accessible for strollers and easier for small kids to hike on versus the trails on the sand.

Visitor passes are $5 for adults and are valid for six days. Except for December 25, White Sands is open year round. Park hours vary throughout the year, generally from 8 am to 6 pm. Dunes Drive is occasionally closed due to missile testing at the adjacent range, blocking access to the trail. Weather closures occur on occasion as well. Hours and closure information can be found here.

Description

This is a fully-accessible trail for strollers and wheelchairs as the trail is an elevated boardwalk. The boardwalk guides you into a delicate interdunal area and, ultimately, to a beautiful view at the top of a dune. Interdune areas are where all vegetation in the dune field originate.

This is the best area to get an up-close look at several of the wildflowers that thrive here, while preserving the park's resources. There are interpretive signs and benches positioned at different points along the boardwalk.

Flora & Fauna

The deserts of the Southwest are not all white sand and red rock! Along this trail, be on the lookout for Colorado Four O’clock, Desert Mentzelia, Globe Mallow and many other species. More info here.

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The wheelchair accessible Interdune Boardwalk surrounded by mounds of white gypsum sand.
Feb 25, 2019 near Holloma…, NM
View of Dunes and Sierra Blanca with snow.
Mar 29, 2018 near Holloma…, NM
View of Dunes from Boardwalk
Mar 29, 2018 near Holloma…, NM
View of dunes and Sierra Blanca
Mar 29, 2018 near Holloma…, NM

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Sep 7, 2020
Rachel Pierstorff
0.4mi
Jul 24, 2020
Kaleb Moody
Beautiful scenery with fun dune sliding! — 6h 30m
May 26, 2019
J L
Feb 17, 2019
Ricky Holzer
Mar 11, 2018
Rock On
Oct 7, 2017
Jeremy Ruckel
Nov 15, 2016
Chris Rutan
Apr 7, 2016
Jean-Claude Linossi
Easy walk along the boardwalk. Good interpretive signs along the way. 0.2mi — 0h 15m