• 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 »


    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.

Full Moon Bike Ride & Bicycling

Starlight and bike lamps make for a beautiful scene at our April 2013 Bike Ride.
Copyright Mickey Gonzalez 2013. Used with permission.

Bicycling in the monument

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

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014—8:00 p.m.
    Registration is now full.

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 12:01 am MST 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 12:01am MST on the day registration opens will not be processed.

Cost: 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.

Renting bikes:
We do not rent bikes at the monument. If you need to rent a bike, you can do so from Outdoor Adventures in Alamogordo (575-434-1920), Outdoor Adventures in Las Cruces (575-521-1922), and High Altitude in Cloudcroft (575-682-1229).

The number of vehicles is capped at 90. Individual registrations are limited to 1 vehicle per reservation request. If capacity has been met when your reservation is received, you will be notified. If your reservation is accepted and you find that you are unable to attend, please notify us so that someone else may have your spot.

Check-in at the monument begins one hour before the ride starts.

If weather forces cancellation of the ride, there will NOT be an alternate date scheduled.

Mandatory Safety Requirements: Bicycles must have front and rear lights. Bike helmets are required for ALL participants. Riders must wear closed toe and heel shoes to prevent any injuries that my occur during the ride. 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.

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.

What is the Full Moon Bike Ride?

It's a leisurely bike 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.

Reservations are required for these events and are accepted one month in advance of the date of the ride. Reservations will not be accepted by telephone.

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 whsa_interpretation@nps.gov 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.


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:
Desktop Email Clients:
Use this button if you have and use an email client such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora Mail, or other desktop email clients. This button will open your email client and attach the form to an email for you. All you need to do is fill in the "To" and "Subject" fields. You must save the form (instructions below) before attempting to attach it to an email in order to preserve the information you entered into the fields. Otherwise, the form will be sent to us blank. Make sure to click on "Send Copy" if it asks you how you would like to send it. If you choose "Send Link", we will not receive it.

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:
This button will save the PDF to your computer. After you have filled it out, click the Save Form button. This will open the "Save A Copy" dialog window. Enter a file name and save it to a location that you can easily access it from.

3) Print Form:
This button will send the PDF to your default printer. If you do not wish to email it, then this way you can mail or fax the form back to us.

Did You Know?

Photo of yucca growing on a dune

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.