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 Alamogordo Balloon Fiesta Park in Alamogordo, NM. For more information call 800-826-0294 or (575) 437-6120.
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
CAUTION: The Dunes Drive is narrow with steeply-sloping shoulders. Bicyclists should be extra cautious of vehicular traffic.
2014 Full Moon Bike Ride
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.
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 email@example.com 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:
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?
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.