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
The monument currently opens at 8 a.m. and closes roughly 1 hour after sunset. More »
Other Teacher Resources
Although we love it when schools bring their students to the monument, we understand that it's not always possible for teachers to do so. With that in mind, we are continually trying to put together information to help teachers teach their students about White Sands National Monument. Below, you will find some of the additional resources we have compiled. And keep an eye out, as we'll be adding more in the future!
Did You Know?
The gypsum that makes up the white sands starts out as clear, translucent sand grains. As the wind bounces the sand grains along the ground, they collide and scratch each other. The scratches change the way light reflects off the grains, making the sand appear white.