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
White Sands National Monument will open at 8 a.m. and close approximately one hour after sunset from September 3 through December 31, 2013. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the monument will open at 9 a.m.
Road Work in the Monument
From Oct. 1 until further notice, a paving project will affect Dunes Drive and the visitor center and gift shop parking lots. Please be alert for changes in traffic patterns and potential traffic delays along Dunes Drive. We appreciate your flexibility.
Closed on Christmas Day
The monument will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Group Use Area
From family reunions to weddings to boy scout jamborees, White Sands National Monument has long been a popular location for large gatherings.
Our group use area is the perfect location for private functions, and is available for reservation. Certain rules, however, do apply.
The group use area is available for day use from 10:00 am (or earlier if available) to closing time daily. It may be reserved tentatively one month to six months in advance for day use or camping. The $25 non-refundable reservation fee must be paid at the time of reservation.
To reserve the group use area, download the reservation form and return it to us along with a cashier's check or money order (made payable to the National Park Service) by either brining it to the park in person or by mailing it to us at:
White Sands National Monument
Did You Know?
The gypsum that makes up the white sands starts out as clear, translucent sand grains. As the wind bounces the sand grains along the ground, they collide and scratch each other. The scratches change the way light reflects off the grains, making the sand appear white.