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 »
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.
For persons who would like to exercise their first amendment right via holding a public assembly or meeting at White Sands National Monument, a permit is required.
The permit for first amendment requests is not available online, but may be obtained by contacting the monument at (575) 479-6124.
Did You Know?
Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.