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 »
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 dune field, 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
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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.