• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

Missile Closures

Due to missile testing on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, it is occasionally necessary to close the Dunes Drive for periods of up to three hours for visitor safety.

Please note that horseback riding is prohibited during all missile tests that affect the monument. Please contact us in advance to verify whether a test has been scheduled for the date of your visit.

The park visitor center and gift shop remain open during missile range closures. Visitors on a tight schedule should contact the park the day before arriving to check on closures at (575) 479-6124.

US Highway 70 between White Sands National Monument and Las Cruces may also be closed during missile testing. For Highway 70 closure information, call the White Sands Missile Range at (575) 678-1178.

 

UPCOMING CLOSURES

There will be no overnight camping on Monday 3 November, 2014.
Monument will remained closed until 09:30 AM. on Tuesday 4 November, 2014.
Highway 70W will be blocked at Red and Yellow checkpoints.

There will be no overnight camping on Tuesday 4 November, 2014
Monument will remained closed until 09:30 AM. on Wednesday 5 November, 2014.
Highway 70W will be blocked at Red and Yellow checkpoints.

There will be no overnight camping on Thursday 6 November, 2014.
Monuments will remained closed until 08:30 AM on Friday 7 November, 2014.
Highway 70W will be blocked at Red and Yellow checkpoints.

There will be no overnight camping on Tuesday 11 November, 2014
Monument will remained closed until 08:30 AM on Wednesday 12 November, 2014.
Highway 70W will not be blocked

No overnight camping on Thursday 13 November, 2014.
Monuments will remained closed until 08:30 AM on Friday 14 November, 2014.
Highway 70W will be blocked at Red and Yellow checkpoints.

No overnight camping on Friday 14 November, 2014
Monument will remained closed till 10AM on Saturday 15 November, 2014.
Highway 70W will not be blocked.

 

Did You Know?

Photo of kangaroo rat

Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.