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
The monument currently opens at 8 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.
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:
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?
Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.