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.
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 wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."