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.
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?
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.