• 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 »

  • 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.

News Releases

Unmanned Aircraft to be Prohibited in White Sands National Monument
September 8, 2014 - Alamogordo, NM. White Sands National Monument announces the banning of unmanned aircraft within the monument. This regulation change implements a policy memorandum signed by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis on June 20, 2014. Download the full press release.

Solicitation for Concession Proposals
May 30, 2014. Alamogordo, NM - The National Park Service announces the release of a prospectus for the award of a new concession contract to provide retail and limited food and beverage services at the gift shop facility within White Sands National Monument. Download the full press release.


White Sands Reopens for Holiday Weekend
February 15, 2014 Alamogordo, NM -- Dunes Drive, the eight-mile scenic drive in White Sands National Monument, will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Dunes Drive was closed for eight days to allow for the recovery and cleanup of a QF-4 drone from Holloman Air Force Base that crashed in the monument on February 7, 2014. Download the full press release.


Unmanned Airplane Crashed in White Sands National Monument
February 7, 2014 Alamogordo, NM -- At approximately 9:08 a.m. today an unmanned QF-4 drone from Holloman Air Force Base crashed in White Sands National Monument. No injuries occurred. There is no threat to the public at this time. Dunes Drive in the monument will remain closed indefinitely while staff from Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range investigate the crash site. Download the full press release.


Did You Know?

Satellite photo of dune field

Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.