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 »
Research and Collection of Resources
If you're interested in doing research at White Sands National Monument, you must first apply for a permit online through the US National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System.
Once you've submitted your application, we will then review it and notify you of our decision (approve, disapprove, or need more information).
For more information:
David Bustos, Chief of Resource Management
Did You Know?
Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.