• 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 »


    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 Alamogordo Balloon Fiesta Park in Alamogordo, NM. For more information call 800-826-0294 or (575) 437-6120.

  • 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.


White Sands National Monument isn't just about sand and yuccas! Take a look at some of the exciting stuff being uncovered in the dunefield.


If you're looking for current research on the geology of White Sands National Monument and the Tularosa Basin, you'll find it here.


Here, you'll find studies on mammals found within the park, such as the pallid bat and more.


How many fish do you think live within the boundaries of White Sands National Monument? Just one-the pupfish!


The unique adaptation of the lizards and other reptiles within the monument has been the subject of some pretty interesting research.


Current Research
For more information on current research taking place in the park, download our Current Research brochure or an outline of the research projects.

Did You Know?

Photo of kangaroo rat

Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.