• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

News Releases

White Sands National Monument Proposes Entrance Fee Increase
January 14, 2015 Alamogordo, NM -- White Sands National Monument is proposing a change in its current entrance fees. Beginning in 2015, White Sands, one of 131 national park units that currently charges entrance fees, is authorized to change its fees to align with the new National Park Service rate schedule. The tentative implementation date is October 2015. The monument invites and is accepting public comments from January 15, 2015 through February 13, 2015. Download the full press release.

Public comment on the proposed fee increase is open until February 13, 2015. To submit a comment, email us at whsa_interpretation@nps.gov with the words "WHSA Fee Increase" in the subject line. Or download our visitor comment card and email it to the above address or fax it to (575) 479-4333. Alternatively, you can drop by the visitor center to submit a handwritten comment card or mail a letter to the monument at the following address:

Superintendent
White Sands National Monument
P.O. Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330

You can also download an FAQ on the proposed fee increase that addresses some commonly asked questions.

White Sands National Monument Tourism Creates $24.5 million in Local Economic Benefit
Visitation to national parks is a significant driving factor in the national economy, especially in terms of local communities. For every $1 invested in national parks through entrance fees, $10 is fed back into the economies of the surrounding communities. White Sands National Monument, a destination park for tourists from around the world, not only attracts people to the dunefield but also to the many recreational offerings found throughout the Tularosa Basin, Rio Grande Valley, and the Sacramento Mountains, supporting local jobs in the process. For more information, click here.

 

Gift Shop Concession Contract Awarded
November 14, 2014 Alamogordo, NM -- The National Park Service has selected White Sands Trading, LLC, to provide retail and limited food and beverage services under a new ten-year concession contract in White Sands National Monument. The exisiting concession contract will expire on December 31, 2014 and the new concession contract will take effect January 1, 2015. Download the full press release.

 
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.

 
 

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