• 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 »

  • 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.

Traveling Trunks

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. For a list of what is included in each trunk, download the inventory sheet.

We currently have four trunks available to choose from:

1) Giant Geology
2) Practical Plants
3) Amazing Animals
4) Human History

After you've had a chance to use the trunks in your classroom, we would appreciate hearing your comments and suggestions. Your feedback really helps us improve the resources we offer and our services to the schools. Simply download the feedback form and return it to us.

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  • White Sands National Monument

    Amazing Animals

    Amazing Animals

    The Amazing Animals trunk is a small plastic bin containing various resources that will help your students learn about animal adaptations.

  • White Sands National Monument

    Giant Geology

    Giant Geology

    The Giant Geology trunk is a small clear bin containing various resources relating to the geology of White Sands.

  • White Sands National Monument

    Human History

    Human History

    The Human History trunk is a small plastic bin containing various resources to help your students learn about human habitation of the Tularosa Basin.

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Mars Trunk

    Mars Trunk

    A five-day unit with teacher guide and materials for either 3-5th grade or 6-8th grade. Correlated to Colorado Content Standards.

  • White Sands National Monument

    Practical Plants

    Practical Plants

    The Practical Plants trunk is a small plastic bin containing various resources that will help you teach your students about how plants adapt to their environment to survive.

Did You Know?

Photo of sand avalanching

While the wind piles the sand grains into dunes, the dunes move forward under the force of gravity. As the leading edge of the dune ("slipface") gets steeper, gravity pulls an avalanche of sand down the slipface, moving the dune forward.