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 »
New Monument Hours
The monument currently opens at 8 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.
Native American Rights
White Sands National Monument works to protect the cultural rights of Native American groups. For more information, contact the Chief of Cultural and Natural Resources at (575) 479-6124 ext. 225.
Did You Know?
Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.