• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

Laws & Policies

Guns in Parks
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law was instated, allowing people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit New Mexico's state home page.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. For more information, dowload the Guns in Parks brochure.

Did You Know?

Photo of animal tracks

Most desert animals are nocturnal, coming out to feed only at night when temperatures are cooler. Every animal in the white sands makes tracks on the dunes as it moves, leaving clues to its nocturnal activities.