• 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.

Past Projects

Historic Residence Rehabilitation
Between 1937 and 1939, the Works Progress Administration built sturctures at White Sands National Monument to house park staff and serve visitors. In 2005, rehabilitation of the housing structures was completed. Read more...


Interdune Boardwalk Executive Summary
In 2004, it became necessary to replace the original wooden Boardwalk due to excessive weathering. By 2005, a new Boardwalk was constructed. Read more...

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.