• 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.

Commercial Filming

Movie: Year One  Date: April 2008

Feature films, car commercials, fashion catalogs, motion and still photography all happen at White Sands National Monument. The bright white sand dunes are a perfect backdrop for commercial filming and photography.

If you are interested in shooting your production here, please contact the ranger at 575-479-6214 Ext 221. For more detailed information, download the following:

FAQ Sheet

Commercial Filming Application

General Filming Conditions Information

Once you've completed the application in full, you can return it to the monument via email at e-mail us.

Did You Know?

Satellite photo of dune field

Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.