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Backcountry Camping

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About This Campground

National Park Service

Spend a night under the twinkling stars of the vast New Mexico skies, surrounded by the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument offers backpackers the opportunity to enjoy a night camping on the white sands and listening to the nocturnal activities of the animals that make…

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Access

  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.

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  • WiFi
    Unknown
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  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets

Reviews

24 Reviews of Backcountry Camping

Ratings Breakdown

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Vanessa M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2021

Beautiful

This is probably one of the coolest places I've visited in a long time and it's absolutely beautiful. Campsites are still closed due to Covid, but when you can camp again, highly recommended. I'd also suggest planning you trip around the full moon. There are several sheltered picnic tables in the…

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Reviewed Nov. 3, 2020

Short backcountry jaunt

It’s awesome!!!! Currently the sites are closed due to Covid (as of 10/28/20), but the ranger said they were putting a plan in place. I believe there were 8 spots, all in the Interfunks area. Each site is isolated from each other by the dunes. It is a short hike in less than a mile to the…

Devin P.
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2020

Mysterious and Elegant

The White sands National Park is one for the books. This was incredible and definitely photos will never do justice. This is a must do and a must stay place!

Location

Backcountry Camping is located in New Mexico

Directions

Backcountry camping sites are located along the Backcountry Camping Loop Trail, which is located about six miles north on Dunes Drive.

Address

19955 Highway 70 West
Alamogordo, NM 88310

Coordinates

32.80986923 N
106.26422555 W

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About This Campground

Spend a night under the twinkling stars of the vast New Mexico skies, surrounded by the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument offers backpackers the opportunity to enjoy a night camping on the white sands and listening to the nocturnal activities of the animals that make their home here in this unique ecosystem.

The Backcountry Loop is used most frequently by backpackers who want to spend a night under the stars in the dunes. However, it is also open to visitors that want a shorter hike through the heart of the dunes than the Alkali Flat trail. The trail is approximately 2.2 miles (3.5 km) round-trip and is a moderately strenuous hike up and down over the dunes. The average completion time for the trail is roughly 1.5 hours.

There are ten primitive backcountry camping sites available on a first-come-first-served basis. Because of the possibility of closure due to missile testing on the adjacent missile range, we cannot allow advanced reservations.

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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