Like No Place Else on Earth

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.


Ranger in a classroom


Thinking of bringing your class to White Sands? Or perhaps you'd like a ranger to come to your classroom? We can accommodate you!

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Ranger on the dunes

Ranger Programs

Interested in something to do on your visit? Check out the many programs we offer!

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Camping in the dunes

Backcountry Camping

Want to spend a night camping beneath the stars in the dunes? We have ten primitive sites available for those who don't mind the hike.

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Musicians Felipe and Luis

Full Moon Night Programs

May through October, join us on the night of the full moon for music concerts and fun educational presentations.

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A pond at Cuatro Ciénegas

Cuatro Ciénegas

Our sister park Cuatro Ciénegas in central Mexico is the world's second largest gypsum dunefield with an area of just eight square miles.

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Our Social Network

Are you on Twitter and Facebook? So are we!

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