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.
Parks as Classrooms
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.
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.
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.
Check out our ready-made lesson plans! Topics range from plant adaptation to fun craft projects that teach students about the park.
We also have Teacher Bags! These bags contain everything needed to teach your students about White Sands National Monument.