• 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 »

  • 2014 WHITE SANDS BALLOON INVITATIONAL

    The White Sands Balloon Committee and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both days of the Balloon Festival on Sept 20-21 at the Ed Brabson Balloon Park on Lavelle Rd in Alamogordo. Call Pat at (575) 430-9226 from 8-5 pm MDT.

  • 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.

Photo Gallery

 
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Remote Camera
Many of our animals are nocturnal but we've managed to catch some glimpses of a few through remote cameras.

 
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Amphibians & Fish
There are many animals within the park. Reptiles seem to be expected in a desert environment but did you know that there are several amphibians that live here?

 
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Dune Scenics
One question we often get is where are the best locations for photos in the park. The answer? Anywhere!

 
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Birds
Are you an avid birdwatcher? Then you'll love looking at these fantastic examples of our avian residents.

 
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Mammals
Several species of mammals use the dunefield for various things. Some call it home, other call it a cafeteria.
 
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Reptiles
There's more than just snakes out there! Many species of lizards, turtles, and tortoises live here in and around the dunefield.

Did You Know?

Photo of ripples on a dune

The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."