• 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 »


    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.

Parks as Classrooms

Field Trips

Make White Sands National Monument your next educational field trip! Arrange for a ranger to give your class presentations on a variety of topics, including geology and wildlife.

Guest Speakers

Invite a Ranger to Your Classroom! Would you like a ranger to come to your classroom? Contact us to arrange for an in-class presentation on a topic relevant to the unit you are teaching.

Traveling Trunks

Reserve a Teacher Trunk! When a field trip to the dunes is not an option, think about reserving one of our Teacher Resource Trunks. Each trunk contains everything you need to teach the section.

Curriculum Materials

Check out our ready-made lesson plans! Topics range from plant adaptation to fun craft projects that teach students about the park.

Materials to Loan

We also have Teacher Bags! These bags contain everything needed to teach your students about White Sands National Monument.