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.
Rangers in the 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. You can download the list of topics here. The park requires at least one month's advance notice in order to schedule and prepare for the program. Each program will be tailored to meet your class's educational needs.Please fill out the reservation form and email to WHSA_education@nps.gov. The Education Specialist will contact you to confirm a ranger presentation in your classroom.
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.