• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

There are park alerts in effect.
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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 »

  • 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.

First Amendment

Kathy with flag
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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?

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.