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
The monument currently opens at 8 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?
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.