• 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 »

  • New Monument Hours

    The monument currently opens at 8 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.

Visiting Schools Calendar

Bringing your class to the monument is a great way to educate while having fun at the same time.

For safety, we do have to limit the number of buses in the monument to 12 per day. Please check the calendar below for available dates.

If you requested a ranger to speak to your class, please check the calendar on your visit date. "Ranger" means that a ranger is available to speak with your class. When you arrive at the monument, please check-in at the visitor center. "No Ranger" means that a ranger was not available to speak to your class. "Ranger?" means that a request for a ranger to speak to your class is pending; please check seven days prior to your visit.

Schools who do not show for their scheduled ranger program will not be allowed to request an on-sight ranger program for one year. This will apply only to the offending teacher(s) and not to the entire school. There is a 15-minute window for schools that are running late. If your school group will be more than 15-minutes late, the ranger scheduled program will be canceled.

Please call the monument if your school group is running late. Please contact the monument as soon as possible if your school group needs to cancel the scheduled ranger program so that we can schedule other school groups in that time slot.

 
January 2014
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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UnivHouston 3van

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9 10
YuccaElem classroom
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17 MtnViewMiddle HealthFair 18
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26 AcademyRoswell 1bus Ranger

NMSUInternatl 2van Ranger

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February 2014
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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28 CareerFair NMSUA

SierraMiddle 2bus Ranger

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CareerExpo AlamogordoHS
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March 2014
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
30 AldoLeopoldHS 1bus

31 APSSixthGrade GeologyDay NoRanger

1 AdrianCollege 1van
2 3 4 5

6 TexasTechU 3van

7

8 WingateElem 1bus2pov ranger

NMSUInternatl 1van7pov ranger

9

10 11 12 GermanSchELP 2bus4pov 13

14 IllinoisState 5van

FtBlissSAC
1bus

15

16 UNewMexico 2van

17 18

19 WichitaStateU 3van

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RedRocksCC
1van1pov

26

27 BuenaVista 2bus7pov Ranger

MiamiUniv 2pov

28 BrownUni 4pov

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April 2014
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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ValleyChristianAcad
3van NoRanger

1

2 APSSixthGrade GeologyDay NoRanger

3
LasMontanasHS 2bus1van NoRanger

TexasTech
4van

4 VistaHillsElem 2bus NoRanger

CommOfFaith
12 POV

5 LaAcademia 1bus Ranger

6

7

8
HAFB
3van2pov
9

10
CaminoRealMid 5bus NoRanger

11
CentralElem 1bus

12
13 14
TularosaElem 2bus

15 GymnasiumBerch 2van R?

16
DexterElem
2bus Ranger

TecdeMonterey
1bus2pov Ranger

17 EastPicachoElem 2bus NoRanger

CentennialHS 2bus

MescaleroHeadstart 3bus50pov

EastPicachoElem
1bus2pov

GarfieldElementary
1bus1pov Ranger

18

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20

21

22

23 UnivHillElem 2bus Ranger

LosAlamitos
1bus

Pre-K Center
2bus64pov

24

25 TombaughElem 3bus

ChesterJordan 3bus3pov

ZiaTherapy
2van2pov

DesertHillsElem
2bus

26
DeptofState
1bus



 
May 2014
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1
CapitanElem
1bus8pov

2
ColumbiaElem
2bus15pov

CesarChavez
2bus10pov

HelenBall
3bus15van
No Ranger

HighlandElem
3bus

3 PhoenixAcad 1bus

4
USArmyAcad
1busR?

5
ColumbiaElem
2bus?pov

6 CornerstoneAcad 1bus

ChaparralElem
2bus4pov R?

7

8
HillriseElem
2bus20pov
R?

9
MesaMiddle
5bus3pov
R?

CloudcroftHS
3bus3pov

10

11

12
DesertHills
2bus4pov R?

13

14 CollegeWm&Mary 4van

DesertViewElem
2bus

CedarGroveElem
2bus

15
HillriseElem
2bus

ChaparralEM
1bus1pov R?

16
PutnamElem
1bus3pov R?

WhiteSandsMS
2bus6pov R?

17

18

19
SandISD 1bus1van2pov R?

BaylorUniv 3van

BuenaVista 4bus R?

HillriseElem
2bus20pov R?

20
TrinityUniv 4van

HollomanMS
4bus2pov

21
JuniataCollege 5van

StephenAustinSt 7van

TrinityUniv
4van

22
UniversityofNC
2pov

23
SanchezMS
3bus R?

24


 
June 2014
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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3
CanutilloISD
2bus

4

5 BaylorUniv 3vans

UTAustin
1bus1van

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8 9

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11
IntlMilitary
1bus1van1pov
R?

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ASYMCA
2bus R?
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27
UTAustin
1bus1van

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July 2014
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UTAustin
1bus1van

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August 2014
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September 2014
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October 2014
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November 2014
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December 2014
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Did You Know?

Satellite photo of dune field

Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.