Hiking The Interdune Boardwalk Trail At White Sands National Park
The Interdune Boardwalk Trail is a short and easy trail located at White Sands National Park in New Mexico. It is located off of the main road in the park, Dunes Drive, approximately 4.5 miles from the visitor center.
It is wheelchair accessible and only 0.4 miles roundtrip. The trail is actually an elevated boardwalk made of aluminum that leads you through the fragile ecosystem of the interdune area. It ends with a scenic view of the dunefield and the Sacramento Mountains in the distance.
This is a family and pet friendly hike. It’s also educational with 10 outdoor exhibits located along the boardwalk. Learn about the wildlife, weather, plants and geology of the world’s largest gypsum dunefield.
A large shade structure with seating can be found in the middle of the boardwalk. Multiple benches are located along the boardwalk as well.
Restroom are available in the trailheads large parking lot. A very nice informational kiosk is also located at the trailhead. This is a very popular trail, because it is so short and easy for anyone to walk so it may get crowded.
The boardwalk is situated between two large sand dunes.
The interdune area is full of plant life, which is something you don’t see in most of the rest of the park. Plant life thrives here, because the surrounding dunes protect it from wind and heat. Rainwater also accumulates easier here providing the plants with that much needed resource.
We enjoyed this short and sweet trail.
Its easy to walk and packed full of informational displays. I think our cat Everest enjoyed it the most out of all of us. It’s not often people see a cat walking on a leash so he got a lot of attention. He doesn’t like strangers to touch him, but he does love people watching so he had a blast just sitting in the shelter watching everyone walk by.
At the end of my Dune Life Nature Trail post I listed some general information on hiking in White Sands National Park you can read here.