White Sands Trading Company’s gift shop and grab-and-go food and beverage area are housed in one of seven adjacent buildings officially designated as the White Sands National Monument Historic District. Designed by Lyle Bennett, architect of the Pueblo-Revival style for the NPS, these adobe structures were built between 1936 and 1940. Be sure to note the original vigas (logs that support the roof), the extremely thick adobe walls and the Saltillo tile floor.Find out how to plan Alamogordo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
The gift shop offers items that have been carefully selected to enhance your experience of White Sands and the surrounding area. You’ll find authentic Native American handcrafts including hand coiled, wood-fired pottery and Zuni, Hopi, Santo Domingo and Navajo jewelry. Adults as well as kids enjoy our sand toys, sleds and kites. Regional food products will inspire you to create spicy New Mexican meals in your own kitchen…and souvenirs (T-shirts, mugs, caps, etc.) as well as breathtaking prints of White Sands will provide pleasant memories long after you return home.
Grab-and go will help appease your hunger with snacks and sandwiches. You can also restock your water supply (critical in this desert) or select from a variety of juices and sodas.
One of the world's great natural wonders , the white sands of New Mexico glisten in wave-like dunes that engulf 275 square miles of desert. This phenomenon is the world's largest gypsum dune field and is home to White Sands National Monument.
Long known as a recreation mecca in southern New Mexico, White Sands is an ideal location to sled down dunes on sand saucers (available for sale in the gift shop), fly kites, hike the 6.2 miles of marked trails, walk the dunes at sunset, drive or bike along a paved road that leads to the heart of the dunes, picnic at shaded tables while you enjoy beautiful vistas, take spectacular photos, stargaze at a breathtaking expanse of stars against a black sky.
White Sands Trading, concessioner of the gift shop and its grab-and-go food and beverage area, is proud to join with the NPS in preserving this rich ecosystem for generations to come. We are vigilant in using best practices to limit our impact on the environment and to educate visitors about the fragility of this unique area. We invite everyone to join with us in protecting and preserving the historic building we occupy as well as this unparalleled desert-scape.
White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop Reviews
This is one of the better gift shops located at a National Park, as it carries a good variety of art and jewelry as well as the usual souvenirs. Restrooms and the visitor center are located next... more »
If in the area it is definitely a place to travel to. It is like a white sands oasis and will take your breath away. Then just look around in the gift shop. They have all the souvenirs you could ask..... more »
The gift shop is super cool
This is the private gift shop attached to the NPS facility. Overall pretty good selection of both venue specific as well as imported junk items. Overall pretty decent for this type of thing. Worth swinging in while you are at the visitor center. The staff seemed pretty knowledgeable about their products and were helpful. I don't get the one review where the guy is losing his mind because he couldn't use the card chip reader... just swipe your card then. Why the drama?
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