• 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 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.

Special Park Uses

Weddings
Anyone wishing to have their wedding ceremony at White Sands must first submit an application. Allow at least four business days for processing.

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Commercial Filming
Filming and photography requires a permit when the size of a film/photo group, the amount of equipment, or the activity of the film/photo crew has the potential to damage the natural resources or impact the visitor experience.

Whether the final product of the film/photo group is commercial or non-comercial, student, freelance, or non-profit is irrelevant. Impact to the natural resource and/or the visitor experience is the criteria used to manage this activity.

Film/photography crews of three or more people should complete a film/photography application. One or two people taking still photography, using a hand-held video camera, or still or video camera with a tripod do not need a permit. Allow four business days for processing.

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Early Entry/Stay Late
The Monument may be entered prior to normal opening time or left after normal closing time with the completion of this paperwork. A $50 per hour charge is required for this service. After hours use may be limited due to staff availability and missile test schedules. Requests must be submitted at least seven business days in advance for processing.

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Group Use Area
The Group Use Area is available by reservations only for use by large groups during both day and overnight camping activities. Allow five business days for processing.

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Scattering of Ashes
For those who wish to memorialize a loved one by scattering their ashes at White Sands, a permit is required.

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Research and Collection of Resources
Anyone wishing to conduct research at White Sands must first apply and be accepted for a research permit through the office of Resource Management.Allow four business days for processing.

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First Amendment Activities
First amendment activities are your constitutional right. However, we do require a permit in advance to assist you in your use of your public lands.

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All Other Special Uses
Application and additional information not currently available online. Contact extension 206 at White Sands National Monument 575-479-6124 for further information.

Did You Know?

Photo of sand grains

The gypsum that makes up the white sands starts out as clear, translucent sand grains. As the wind bounces the sand grains along the ground, they collide and scratch each other. The scratches change the way light reflects off the grains, making the sand appear white.