• 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 »

  • 2014 WHITE SANDS BALLOON INVITATIONAL

    The White Sands Balloon Committee and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both days of the Balloon Festival on Sept 20-21 at the Ed Brabson Balloon Park on Lavelle Rd in Alamogordo. Call Pat Rab at (575) 430-9226 from 8-5 pm MDT.

  • 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 white lizard

Three species of lizards, one pocket mouse and numerous species of insects have evolved a white coloration for survival in the white sands.