The hidden sand dunes area of Albuquerque, New Mexico

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo by Norio Hayakawa)

Everybody knows about the great sand dunes of White Sands in New Mexico.

Most people know that White Sands is located far south of Albuquerque  (about 240 miles south),  roughly a four-hour drive from the city.

But not many folks are familiar with the hidden sand dunes located right here in Albuquerque.

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo by yours truly)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo by yours truly, taken on January 7, 2021)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo by yours truly, taken on January 7, 2021)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo by yours truly, taken on January 7, 2021)

 

Unlike White Sands, Albuquerque’s sand dunes  (also known as West Mesa Sand Dunes)  are not white (gypsum sand).

Of course Albuquerque’s sand dunes area is incomparably much, much smaller but, nevertheless, quite impressive.

They are made of natural, wind-blown sand.

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo by yours truly)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – — photo by yours truly, taken on January 7, 2021)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo taken by yours truly, on January 7, 2021)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo by yours truly, taken on January 7, 2021)

 

I have visited this amazing area at least 5 times in the last couple of years.   Whenever I went there I did not see a single soul anywhere there, nor have I seen any off-road bikers there.   Of course, it’s probably because I go there only on weekdays, not on weekends.   So, I recommend everyone to go there on weekdays.

How to get there:

From Albuquerque, drive west on Central Ave., passing Unser Blvd.

Keep driving west on Central Ave. for several miles. 

Make a left at the sign that says Metropolitan Detention Center. 

Keep on driving towards the Metropolitan Detention Center.   This is a paved road.

When you get to the entrance of the Center, do not go into the Center, but take the gravel road which is parallel to the Center.   This gravel road appears to be a public, county road, not a private road.

Then make a right at the next dirt road and drive alongside the fence of the Center.  You will soon see the sand dunes.

 

Please click the following and watch my video footage:

My favorite sand dunes of Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

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9 thoughts on “The hidden sand dunes area of Albuquerque, New Mexico

    • Thanks, Mary, for your comment. I discovered this place because a few years ago I saw a beautiful picture of this place taken by Albuquerque photographer by the name Jake Werth. I was so impressed and he gave me the directions on how to get to this amazing location.

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  1. Followed the dirt road, ( suggest at least a truck, rough road, then imediate left around the bend heading south in the direction of the dunes pretty steap incline with deep sand.
    We never made it, for fear of getting stuck in a sand bar.

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    • I had no problem getting to this area where you can park your vehicle. I just took my small Dodge van and had no problem. I was not interested in 4-wheeling in the sand. I enjoyed the hiking up to the sand dunes. You don’t need any trucks or 4-wheel vehicles. Just a regular car will do.

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