A newcomer to the roster of US national parks, White Sands stands out as one of the most spectacular. Once a vast stretch of sea, these 275 square miles of New Mexican desert form the largest gypsum dunefield in the world. Explore on foot, on two wheels, or rent a sled and experience the thrill of dune-surfing. In terms of where to stay, Alamogordo is the closest city while Las Cruces has the monopoly on beautiful villa rentals. Meanwhile, the villages of the Sierra Blanca highlands yield unique stays and cabins. These Airbnbs near White Sands National Park with epic views and luxurious features have you spoiled for choice.
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Waking up in this restored 100-year-old Pueblo-style Airbnb near White Sands National Park will stir you up for a day of adventure. The decor is inspired by the textures and colors of New Mexico while the movie room is a playful twist on a saloon. Fully enclosed, the backyard has a Jacuzzi and cornhole for mellow evenings. Located in Mesilla Plaza you’re looking at a breezy one-hour drive along the Old West Highway to reach the entrance. Dogs are welcome at this pet-friendly Airbnb as well as at the park itself.
For a romantic escape to White Sands, this dome has you covered. The first floor of the duplex is modeled as per a spooky-earthy aesthetic with a queen-size bed beneath a wall of antlers. A private bathroom, basic kitchenette, and two single beds are down in the basement. In lieu of a TV and Wi-Fi, the unit comes with a typewriter, record player, and unbelievable stargazing. Located on the cusp of the Lincoln National Forest, the glamping ranch is a scenic 90-minute drive to White Sands.
Curated in neutral hues and natural materials, this new cabin rental in the Lincoln National Forest is a breath of fresh air. Impeccably clean, the kitchen has tons of space for prepping meals while the basement bunk room is stocked with board games. Outside, the wraparound deck grants woodland views and has a covered spa tub, fire pit, and cornhole where you can recuperate your energy surrounded by greenery.
This unique Airbnb near High Rolls comprises a duo of custom-built domes linked by a scenic platform overlooking the mountains. Window walls and ceilings dotted with skylights rise 27 feet overhead while art and collectibles adorn every curve of the home. White Sands National Park is 40-60 minutes away subject to the type of vehicle you bring and the host provides sleds. Pups are welcome provided they’ll get on with the hosts’ two Great Pyrenees.
Fifteen guests, six bedrooms Price: $200 per night
Designed for large groups and families, this chic duplex consists of five double bedrooms plus a kid-friendly bunk room. Windows climb up the walls, granting awesome views from the fireplace, the games room, and the suites. In walking distance of the breweries and bakeries of Cloudcroft village, the vacation home is steps from the Osha Trail. Forty-five minutes from the national park, you’ll spot the sea of sand from the deck.
Fifteen guests, six bedrooms Price: $449 per night
Wash off the crystals with a dip in your own private pool at this dog-friendly Airbnb on the outskirts of Las Cruces. Minutes from the Organ Mountains and less than an hour from White Sands National Park, the vacation rental has you covered for nature and downtown. The five-star property is decorated in the spirit of the Southwest with a kiva fireplace, soapstone countertops, and Saltillo tile work with artisanal handicrafts throughout. Complimentary sledding gear is provided.
Eight guests, three bedrooms Price: $241 per night
Forty-five minutes from White Sands, this charming Airbnb in Cloudcroft fuses traditional cabin elements with modern essentials. The lounge is illuminated courtesy of the triple-storied windows and warmed by a wood-burning stove. The kitchen is installed with all the frills from a Keurig coffee machine to a dishwasher and oversized fridge. Set up camp on the wraparound deck and you might spot elk passing by and fluttering hummingbirds.
Set on one acre, this serene Pueblo-style home near Las Cruces is accented with wooden beams and ornate tiling in the kitchen and bathrooms. One room works as either a secondary lounge or a fourth bedroom. The backyard pool has ample space for sunning, grilling, and cooking up an itinerary for exploring White Sands. Situated right on the outskirts of the city, it’s a hassle-free drive up the highway to the entrance.
Ten minutes from the village of Ruidoso, this cute cottage is big on mountain charm. Spread over one level, the studio interiors are furnished with a king-size bed, gas fireplace, and sleek kitchen. Take a seat on the rocker on the deck and you can spend hours basking in the scenery of the forest. Just over an hour from the entrance, this is one of the best Airbnbs near White Sands National Park for couples or solo travelers.
Comprising three doubles and one bunkroom, this family-friendly Airbnb is the perfect place to recharge in between days at the national park. A plush sectional couch awaits you in the lounge while the state-of-the-art kitchen has everything you need for whipping up your favorite meals. Views from the patio stretch over the desert and mountains with bags of space to play games or loll around with a book. Remote workers will appreciate the speedy Wi-Fi and all guests will relish the unreal sunsets.
Just off Indian Wells Road, this pet-friendly rental is close to the conveniences of Alamogordo and an easy 20 minutes from White Sands. Tasteful decor is matched by thoughtful attention to modern amenities including a coffee station, fluffy towels, and nightstand lamps with built-in USB ports. In addition to the screened porch, the fully-fenced backyard has a grill and outdoor seating. Best of all, the lounge is your own home theater complete with leather recliners and a popcorn maker.