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.
White Sands Institute
White Sands Institute 2013
The White Sands Institute field seminars combine a mixture of outdoor field excursions along with classroom presentations. All courses will take place at White Sands National Monument. The field seminars will be taught in small groups, so interested individuals are advised to register as soon as possible before classes fill up.
For information or to register, please contact the NMSU Alamogordo Community Education office at 575.439.3842 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their website at http://nmsua.edu/communityed/alamogordo-community-education/white-sands-institute-2013/.
White Lizards of the White Sands (for kids)
Watercolor at the White Sands (for kids)
Botanical Treasure Hunt (for kids)
August 17, 2013
Portraits on the Dunes
Experience the Light! Light Painting Photography at White Sands
Botanical Treasures of the White Sands
White Sands Watercolors: Watercolor Workshop
Digital Color Photography at the White Sands
Did You Know?
Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.