• 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 »

  • 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 hiker on the dunes

Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.