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The Best Season To Visit White Sands National Park Is Winter. Here Is Why. Check Out Our Free Travel Guide/Map For Holloman AFB Military Lodging

White Sands National Park in New Mexico is a 275-square-mile desert of white sands and dunes. Are you ready for a unique adventure with epic hikes and even sledding? Check out why now until the end of February might be the best time!

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay ~ "Given the striking landscape, it shouldn't be surprising that White Sands National Park is the most visited national park in New Mexico and attracted over 782,000 visitors in 2021. To beat the crowd, plan your trip to White Sands during the quieter winter months. Since the colder time of year is the off-season, the trails and park will be less busy.

Not only will you discover that White Sand National Park is more secluded in winter, but also that it cools down. From December through February, daytime temperatures in this Southwestern U.S. park tend to be between 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. That said, you still need to pack winter gear: After the sun goes down in the evenings, the temperature averages around 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

Further, the overall weather conditions can be less volatile during winter. From March through May, strong windstorms routinely impact the sandy dune field. Early July into late September is considered the rainy season at the park, and you're almost guaranteed to get caught in a thunderstorm in the late afternoon or evening. Though rare, winter storms can pass through White Sands National Park, leading to light snowfall or rain." ~ 


Military Temporary Lodging for the White Sands National Park is very convenient. Holloman Air Force Base is right next door.

The Holloman Inn on Holloman AFB offers queen-size and standard rooms and queen-size suites with a pullout sofa. Pets are allowed in this facility. Fees and restrictions apply.

The Holloman Air Force Base FamCamp is open year-round and offers sites with full hookups and an overflow area with no hookups. Pets are allowed in this campground, but vaccinations are required, and pets must be leashed and attended to at all times.

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