• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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 »

  • 2014 WHITE SANDS BALLOON INVITATIONAL

    The White Sands Balloon Committee and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both days of the Balloon Festival on Sept 20-21 at the Ed Brabson Balloon Park on Lavelle Rd in Alamogordo. Call Pat at (575) 430-9226 from 8-5 pm MDT.

  • Summer Monument Hours

    The monument currently opens at 7 a.m. and closes roughly 1 hour after sunset. More »

  • Road Safety Corridor

    The first four miles of Dunes Drive is a road safety corridor. Slowing or stopping in the corridor is prohibited. Dune Life Nature and Playa trails are also temporarily closed. The staff of White Sands National Monument apologizes for the inconvenience.

Adventure Packs

Junior Ranger Adventure Packs Are Here!

Would you like to learn about the animals of White Sands National Monument while exploring the dunes? Then our adventure packs are just the thing-and they FREE to use!

Just have your parents stop by the visitor center and ask if we have one available for loan. The ranger will ask them to fill the necessary form for borrowing the packs and then you're on your way to adventure!

Each Junior Ranger Adventure Pack contains:

  1. A backpack
  2. Binoculars
  3. Animal tracks fold-out guide
  4. Compass
  5. Flashlight
  6. Adventure tool
  7. Desert Survival Guide
  8. New Mexico birds fold-out guide
  9. Desert Life book
  10. Easy Field Guide - Snakes
  11. Easy Field Guide - Birds
  12. Easy Field Guide - Insects
  13. Easy Field Guide - Mammals

Once you've finished exploring the dunes for the day, just bring the adventure pack and its contents back to the visitor center where a ranger will check it back in with your parents.

For more details, give us a call at (575) 479-6124 ext. 236.

Did You Know?

Photo of ripples on a dune

The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."