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.
Scattering of Ashes
White Sands National Monument is certainly a beautiful place that has touched many hearts. On occassion, visitors have wanted to memorialize a loved one who has passed away by scattering their ashes on the wind blowing through the dunes, and we certainly understand that sentiment.
Memorializing a loved one in this way does require a special permit. This permit is not available online, but can be obtained from the superintendent by contacting the park at (575) 479-6124.
If you do decide to request such a memorial service, please be aware that there are some rules that must be observed.
Did You Know?
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.