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. and close approximately 1 hour after sunset. More »
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, including Dunes Drive and the visitor center, will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
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 email@example.com. 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?
The gypsum that makes up the white sands starts out as clear, translucent sand grains. As the wind bounces the sand grains along the ground, they collide and scratch each other. The scratches change the way light reflects off the grains, making the sand appear white.