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 »
Below, you will find a selection of links and documents pertaining to the geology of White Sands National Monument and the surrounding Tularosa Basin. You can also download our geology brochure.
The Basic Geological Story of White Sands
Geological Overview of White Sands National Monument
The Geology of the Sand Dunes
LiDAR Surveys of Gypsym Dune Fields in White Sands National Monument
Geology Report, November 2012
Did You Know?
Unlike most other birds, which have three front toes and one back toe, the roadrunner has two front and two back toes, allowing it to run down its prey. Look for its distinct X-shaped tracks on the white sands.