Dunes Drive is an eight-mile (13 km) scenic drive that leads from the visitor center into the heart of the gypsum dunefield. The 16-mile (26km) round-trip drive takes approximately 45 minutes.
During periods of heavy rain or snow, Dunes Drive will be very slick with water, snow, and/or ice, and visibility may be very poor.
Driving on Dunes Drive
The first five miles of Dunes Drive are paved and the last three miles are a hard-packed gypsum sand road. The road is suitable for cars, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and buses. This sand gypsum road will frequently have a rough "washboard" surface, potholes, and sand drifts. Learn more about driving Dunes Drive.
Bicycling on Dunes Drive
Bicycling at White Sands is truly a unique experience—nowhere else in the world can you ride a bike on a hard-packed gypsum sand road through the heart of an immense gypsum dunefield! This distinctive experience requires one to be a prepared and alert cyclist. Learn more about bicycling on Dunes Drive.
Last updated: May 10, 2021