• 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 »

  • 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.


Laws & Policies
For more information on laws and policies within the park, click here.


Your Dollars at Work
Fee dollars are used to fund renovations, new exhibits, and park maintenance. For more information on current projects, click here.


Special Park Uses
For information regarding weddings, commercial filming or photography, doing research in the park, scattering ashes, or holding other private functions in the park, click here.


Management Documents
To view documents related to the park's mission, regulations, and other management related topics, click here.


Missile Closures
For more information on missile closures, click here.


First Amendment Rights
First amendment activities are your constitutional right. However, we do require a permit in advance to assist you in your use of your public lands. For more information, click here.


Native American Rights
For more information on Native American rights in regards to gathering plants in the monument, click here.

Did You Know?

Photo of sand grains

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.