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 »
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.
Full Moon Bike Ride & Bicycling
Bicycling in the Monument - General Use
Bicycling is allowed along the Dunes Drive. Bicyclists must pay the standard park entrance fee. Helmets are required. No off-road bicycling is permitted. All bicycles must stay on the Dunes Drive or parking areas.
CAUTION: The Dunes Drive is narrow with steeply-sloping shoulders. Bicyclists should be extra cautious of vehicular traffic.
2014 Full Moon Bike Ride
The Full Moon Bike Ride is a leisurely ride with your friends and family through the monument. For these rides, the Dunes Drive is re-opened for three hours after dark for bicycles only. No cars are allowed to enter the monument or be on the road during the event. Reservations are required.
Things to Keep in Mind when Registering
2014 Bike Ride Dates
How to Register for the Bike Ride:
Reservations are required and are accepted one month in advance of the date of the ride. Reservations will not be accepted by telephone. The fees for the bike ride are explained below.
The reservation form will be available for download when the registration period opens. You may submit your reservation form by downloading the full moon bike ride form and doing one of the following options to return the form:
1. Email form to firstname.lastname@example.org placing the wording "Full Moon Bike Ride" in the subject line.
2. Fax form to 575-479-1116.
3.Mail form to White Sands National Monument, P.O. Box 1086, Holloman AFB, NM 88330.
If you have any additional questions regarding the ride, you may call the monument at 575-479-6124, ext. 236.
When the form will be available:
To help mitigate any server issues or other circumstances, we usually have the form uploaded onto the website the night before registration opens. There are occasions when this does not happen due to various reasons (staffing, server problems, etc). In those instances, we try to have the form available no later than 9:00 am on the morning that registration opens. Forms will not be accepted before 8:00 am Mountain Time on the day registration opens (see note below).
Please note: Forms are processed in the order they are received according to the date/time stamp on them (faxes included). Any forms received before 8:00am Mountain Time on the day registration opens will not be processed.
Program fees of $5.00 per person for anyone 16 years and older and $2.50 per person for anyone 15 years and younger apply. Entrance fees also apply. These fees are $3.00 per person for anyone 16 years and older. Anyone 15 years and younger is free. Federal passes such as the America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, and Access passes apply only to the entrance fees and not the program fee.
To view pictures from the April 2011 Bike Ride taken by Albuquerque Journal photographer Dean Hanson, click here.
You must bring your own bikes, emergency repair kits, and spare tires. We do not rent bikes at the monument nor do we have any of these supplies available.
If you need to rent a bike, you can do so from:
Mandatory Safety Requirements
To ensure an enjoyable and safe ride, all participants must have the following:
People who no not have the required safety requirements (front lights, rear lights, helmet) WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the ride. If you have any questions, please contact us at 575-479-6124 x232.
No Show Policy
Because space is limited and to allow opportunities for everyone to enjoy a full moon bike ride, "no shows" will not be allowed to register for another Full Moon Bike Ride. Please call and cancel your reservation if you are unable to participate.
Directions for Submitting the Form:
When you download the form, you will see three buttons in the upper right-hand corner. The following will explain what the three buttons do.
1) Email Form:
Web-based Email Clients: If you use a web-based client, such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or Gmail, you will also need to save the completed PDF file to your computer using the steps below. Then, sign into your email account in your browser. Compose a new email, just as you would normally, and attach the PDF form to your email using the procedures for your particular email provider.
2) Save Form:
3) Print Form:
Did You Know?
Some species of plants can survive burial by a moving dune by a process called "stem elongation." As the sand rises, the plants quickly grow upward to keep their leaves above the rising sand.