National Park

White Sands Dog Policy

White Sands National Park is Dog Friendly

Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

White Sands is inside the Tularosa Basin, and consists of a huge white sand dune field. The sands are made of gypsum crystals, and this is the largest gypsum dune field in the world, at over 275 square miles. The dunes constantly shift, and the dunes can often be seen encroaching on the roads through the park. The park creates a very unique environment for different plants and animals. Hiking through the dunes is great fun, but it is more difficult walking through the sand than on a normal trail.

White Sands National Park is dog friendly, and a great, special place to bring dogs. Since the white sands are gypsum, they remain much cooler than more common sands (which dogs really appreciate). Dogs are allowed both on and off trails while on a leash no longer than 6'. There are many areas on the side of the road where you can pull over and just start walking over the dunes with your dog (you don't need to walk only on the trails).

Make sure to pack plenty of water for your dog, because they can get very thirsty here. Do not leave dogs unattended because it can get very hot quickly here. White Sands also has two dedicated dog walking areas with poop bags near the visitor center.


Pet Policy Details
229 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on trails while on a leash no longer than 6'. Dogs are also allowed off trails on the dunes while they're on a leash.

Location & Map

New Mexico

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