• 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 »

  • 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.

Bringing a Ranger into Your Classroom

Schools up to 30-miles from White Sands National Monument may request a ranger to present a program in the classroom. (This includes the communities of Alamogordo, Tularosa and Cloudcroft.)

White Sands National Monument offers curriculum-based programs that directly relate park resources to what you are teaching in the classroom. Program topics are offered on desert ecology, geology, plants, animals, adaptation, area history, minimum impact resource use, environmental ethics, biodiversity, and endangerd species. Other topics may be arranged.

Please plan ahead! Before calling the park, decide what program topic would most directly relate to the unit you are teaching and most beneficial to your students. The park requires at least 1 month's notice in order to schedule and prepare for the program. Each program will be tailored to meet your class's educational needs.

Contact Kathy Denton, Education Specialist, to schedule an in-school program. (575) 479-6125 ex 231.


Did You Know?

Aerial photo of parabolic dunes.

Not all sand dunes are alike. Dunes may take many forms, depending on the amount of sand available, the strength and direction of prevailing winds, and the type of vegetation in the area. Four types of dunes can be found in the white sands dunefield.