Closures and Missile Tests
Upcoming Missile Tests: From time to time the missile range that surrounds us performs missile testing that may require the closure of the park or Highway 70. Please follow the link below for up to date information on closures More »
New Monument Hours
White Sands National Monument will open at 8 a.m. and close approximately one hour after sunset from September 3 through December 31, 2013. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the monument will open at 9 a.m. and close approximately 1 hour after sunset. More »
Road Work in the Monument
From Oct. 1 until further notice, a paving project will affect Dunes Drive and the visitor center and gift shop parking lots. Please be alert for changes in traffic patterns and potential traffic delays along Dunes Drive. We appreciate your flexibility.
Closed on Christmas Day
The monument, including Dunes Drive and the visitor center, will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Trinity Site - October 6, 2012
September 13, 2012
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, WNPA will be out of the visitor center and out in the field! Yes, it's time once again for us to go to the Trinity Site, set up our booth, and serve visitors as they explore the location where the world's first atomic bomb was detonated.
Why is this such an exciting event for us? White Sands Missile Range opens the Trinity Site to the public only twice a year--on the first Saturday of April and October. This gives us a unique opportunity to interact with the public and represent both the WNPA and White Sands National Monument. By working side-by-side with National Park Service staff, we are able to connect people to their national parks.
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Did You Know?
The gypsum that makes up the white sands starts out as clear, translucent sand grains. As the wind bounces the sand grains along the ground, they collide and scratch each other. The scratches change the way light reflects off the grains, making the sand appear white.