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 »
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?
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.