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 »
2014 WHITE SANDS BALLOON INVITATIONAL
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 Alamogordo Balloon Fiesta Park in Alamogordo, NM. For more information call 800-826-0294 or (575) 437-6120.
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.
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Sometimes we are not able to accommodate the request for a ranger to speak to students or your school group. In this event, we offer teachers hands-on, outdoor activity that students will be excited to do in the White Sands. Teachers can check out the Teacher Resource Bag at the visitor center information desk.
- Grade level:
- Kindergarten - Sixth Grade
- Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology
- National/State Standards:
- New Mexico: Science 126.96.36.199 C. Strand 2: Content of Science, Content Strand 2: Life Science
Did You Know?
The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."