• 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 »

  • 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 Ed Brabson Balloon Park on Lavelle Rd in Alamogordo. Call Pat at (575) 430-9226 from 8-5 pm MDT.

  • 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.

Selected Bibliography

Selected bibliography of publications relating to White Sands National Monument and the Tularosa Basin, New Mexico (Revised l989)

Archaeology

  • Boll, J. E. l980. A preliminary archaeological surface survey of Section 8, Township 19 S, Range 6 E., of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. New Mexico State Univ. report submitted to National Park Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Clifton, D. E. 1985. Preliminary report of an archaeological survey of approximately 70 miles of a proposed communications line in White Sands Missile Range, Dona Ana and Otero Counties, New Mexico. Office of Installation Support. White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
  • Eidenbach, Peter L. (ed). l983. The prehistory of Rhodes Canyon, New Mexico. Human Systems Research, Inc.
  • Eidenbach, P. L. and M. L. Wimberly. l980. Archaeological reconnaissance in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, l978. Human Systems Research, Inc., Tularosa, New Mexico.
  • Human Systems Research, Inc. l973. Evaluation of the archaeological and related resources of the Dog Canyon detached portion of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Unpubl. manuscript: Contract CX700030220, National Park Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Human Systems Research, Inc. l973. Evaluation of the archaeological potential of White Sands National Monument. Unpubl. manuscript: Contract CX700030220, National Park Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Human Systems Research, Inc. l973. Technical manual, 1973 survey of the Tularosa Basin, the research design. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Sanders, Joe Ben. l985. An archaeological survey of road- realignments at White Sands National Monument. Human Systems Research. Tularosa, NM.
  • Stuart, Trace and M. Sullivan. l984. Archaeological clearance survey of approximately 15 miles of fence line at White Sands National Monument. Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
  • Wimberly, M. L. and P. Eidenbach. l972. The archaeology of the Tularosa Basin. Human Systems Research, Inc.
 

History

  • Harrison, Laura Soulliere. 1985. Interview with Cecil J. Doty, retired National Park Service Architect. National Park Service, Southwest Regional Office. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Schneider-Hector, Deitmar. 1993. White Sands: the history of a National Monument. University of New Mexico Press. Albuquerque.
  • Welsh, Michael. 1995. Dunes and Dreams: a history of White Sands National Monument. Intermountain Cultural Resource Center Professional Paper No. 55. National Park Service. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Did You Know?

Photo of sand grains

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.