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.
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.