• 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.

Management Documents

Superintendent's Compendium
Under the authority of 16 U.S.C., Section 3, and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, the Compendium of Superintendent's Orders was established for White Sands National Monument. Read the full set of park regulations.


Cultural Landscape Inventory
The Cultural Landscapes Inventory (CLI) is a database containing information on the historically significant landscapes within the National Park System. This evaluated inventory identifies and documents each landscape’s location, size, physical development, condition, landscape characteristics, character-defining features, as well as other valuable information useful to park management. Read it here.


Physical Resources Foundation Report
In accordance with the NPS 2004 Park Planning Program Standards, parks are to prepare a Foundation for Park Planning and Management document (Foundation Document), which describes its purpose, significance, primary interpretive themes and special mandates, identifying and analyzing those resources and values determined to warrant primary consideration (Fundamental and Important Resources and Values) in park planning and management. Read the White Sands Report here.


Management Strategy
The National Park Service (NPS) requires that each park unit identify its most significant characteristics and to maintain a General Management Plan (MP06 2.3.1). This Management Strategy Document (MSD) is a step in the planning process toward creation of a General Management Plan. The MSD is a formal description of the unit's core mission and serves as a strategy to support planning and management. Read it here.

Enabling Legislation
This document contains the January 18, 1933 proclamation by President Herbert Hoover giving the dunefield designation as a monument. Download the document.

Did You Know?

Photo of yucca growing on a dune

Some species of plants can survive burial by a moving dune by a process called "stem elongation." As the sand rises, the plants quickly grow upward to keep their leaves above the rising sand.