• 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 »

  • 2014 WHITE SANDS BALLOON INVITATIONAL

    The White Sands Balloon Committee and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both days of the Balloon Festival on Sept 20-21 at the Ed Brabson Balloon Park on Lavelle Rd in Alamogordo. Call Pat Rab at (575) 430-9226 from 8-5 pm MDT.

  • 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.

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
ATTN: Special Park Uses
PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330-1086

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.