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 »
New Monument Hours
White Sands National Monument will open at 8 a.m. and close approximately one hour after sunset from September 3 through December 31, 2013. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the monument will open at 9 a.m.
Road Work in the Monument
From Oct. 1 until further notice, a paving project will affect Dunes Drive and the visitor center and gift shop parking lots. Please be alert for changes in traffic patterns and potential traffic delays along Dunes Drive. We appreciate your flexibility.
Closed on Christmas Day
The monument will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
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?
While the wind piles the sand grains into dunes, the dunes move forward under the force of gravity. As the leading edge of the dune ("slipface") gets steeper, gravity pulls an avalanche of sand down the slipface, moving the dune forward.