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
White Sands National Monument will open at 8 a.m. and close approximately one hour after sunset from September 3 through December 31, 2013. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the monument will open at 9 a.m. and close approximately 1 hour after sunset. More »
Road Work in the Monument
From Oct. 1 until further notice, a paving project will affect Dunes Drive and the visitor center and gift shop parking lots. Please be alert for changes in traffic patterns and potential traffic delays along Dunes Drive. We appreciate your flexibility.
Closed on Christmas Day
The monument, including Dunes Drive and the visitor center, will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
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.
Thinking of bringing your class to White Sands? Or perhaps you'd like a ranger to come to your classroom? We can accommodate you!Read More
Interested in something to do on your visit? Check out the many programs we offer!Read More
Full Moon Night Programs
May through October, join us on the night of the full moon for music concerts and fun educational presentations.Read More
Our sister park Cuatro Ciénegas in central Mexico is the world's second largest gypsum dunefield with an area of just eight square miles.Read More
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.Read More
Our Social Network
Are you on Twitter and Facebook? So are we!Read More
Did You Know?
The white sands dunefield is an active dunefield. The dunes move from west to east as much as thirty feet per year.