|Distance||0.4 miles roundtrip|
|Best Seasons||Spring, Fall, Winter|
- Educational signs about plants and animals that live here
- Views of the white sand dunes
The Interdune Boardwalk is a wheelchair accessible hike traveling between two large dunes. In contrast to the sparse white sands elsewhere in the park, this area is full of plant life. If you're pressed for time, you won't miss much scenery by skipping this trail, but the educational signage is more thorough than on other trails.
The hike follows an aluminum boardwalk with railings, as pictured below. All along the boardwalk, small signs will identify plants you may see in the area -- these signs are older and sun-faded, but seemed to be well-placed and help slow the pace of the hike. About halfway through, you'll reach a shade structure with seating and a series of newer educational signs about wildlife and the environment.
Dogs are allowed on leash (this is one of the few Park Service properties that allows pets). This is a family-friendly trail since it is short and flat with educational signs. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible, making it also suitable for strollers. Spring, fall, and winter provide the most comfortable weather. Summer temperatures are extremely hot and there is no shade, so visit early in the morning. No matter the season, wear sun protection! There will likely be many others on this trail and playing on the dunes to the side of the trail.
From El Paso, take Interstate 10 west to Las Cruces. Continue onto Interstate 25 north, then take the exit for U.S. Highway 70 heading east. After about 45 minutes, turn left to enter White Sands National Monument. Pay the fee at the entrance station, and continue straight until you reach the parking lot on the right side signed for the Interdune Boardwalk.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
The entrance fee is $20 per vehicle per day and annual passes for White Sands National Monument are available for $40. Interagency passes are also accepted here. There are pit toilets in the lot.