• 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 »

  • 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 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.

Climate Averages

Average Temperatures and Precipitation

Planning a visit to White Sands and want to know what to expect from old Mother Nature? Below is a table of average temperatures recorded from 1971 to 2011. Temperatures can, of course, fluctuate to one or the other in extremes, so those are included as well. If you are looking for today's weather, you'll find that here.

 
Month

Average
High

Average Low Average Precip. Highest Recorded

Lowest
Recorded

January 57°F
14°C
22°F
-6°C
0.60 inches 78°F
26°C
-25°F
-32°C
February 63°F
17°C
27°F
-3°C
0.39 inches 82°F
28°C
-22°F
-30°C
March 71°F
22°C
32°F
0°C
0.27 inches 95°F
35°C
-19°F
28°C
April 79°F
26°C
40°F
4°C
0.29 inches 97°F
36°C
11°F
-12°C
May 88°F
31°C
50°F
10°C
0.49 inches 104°F
40°C
20°F
-7°C
June 97°F
36°C
59°F
15°C
0.89 inches 111°F
44°C
38°F
3°C
July 97°F
36°C
64°F
18°C
1.41 inches 110°F
43°C
45°F
7°C
August 94°F
34°C
62°F
17°C
2.07 inches 107°F
42°C
38°F
3°C
September 89°F
32°C
55°F
13°C
1.44 inches 104°F
40°C
30°F
-1°C
October 79°F
26°C
41°F
5°C
1.09 inches 97°F
36°C
13°F
-11°C
November 67°F
19°C
28°F
2°C
0.68 inches 86°F
30°C
-12°F
-24°C
December 57°F
14°C
21°F
-6°C
0.79 inches 83°F
28°C
-8°F
-22°C


 
Current weather forecast.
If you would like to know the forecast for the next few days, click the link above to be taken to Weather.com's forecast for White Sands National Monument.

Did You Know?

Photo of hiker on the dunes

Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.