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.
Along the Dunes drive, the Interdune Boardwalk is a 600-yard wheelchair-accessible trail that leads to the top of a dune with excellent interpretive plaques that showcase interdunal life. Selected picnic tables and pit toilets along the Dunes Drive are also wheelchair-accessible.
For our full moon nights and other special events that take place in the dunes, an accessibility ramp is provided for visitors with wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, and other wheeled devices.
Accessibility for the Hearing and Visually Impaired
For the hearing impaired, all exhibits are audio described. Visitors can listen to audio stations using Orpheo audio guides, which can be checked out at the information desk. The orientation film is also fully subtitled.
Spanish Speakers and Visitors from Other Countries
We also have literature available in Español, Deutch, Français, Português, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. If you would like information in any of these translations, please ask at the visitor center desk.
Did You Know?
Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.