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.
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 will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Commercial Bus Tours
Motorcoaches and Commercial Buses:
The 16-mile Dunes Drive is suitable for buses. We recommend giving yourself two hours for commercial tours, which will give you ample time to stop at the visitor center and get out and enjoy the dunes.
To reserve your tour, please download the reservation form and return it to us. You can return your form via one of the following ways:
1.) Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and placing the wording "Bus Tour" in the subject line
2.) Fax it to us at (575) 479-1116.
Commercial bus or van tours are charged a set fee based upon the capacity of the vehicle and not on the number of passengers. The fees are as follows:
Park rangers may be available to serve as step-on guides and can be reserved for one-hour on-board presentations. There is no additional fee for this service. If you would like a step-on guide, please make your reservation as early as possible. Once your reservation has been made, contact the monument one to two weeks before your tour to see if a ranger has been assigned to you. For more information, contact the Commercial Bus Tour Coordinator at (575) 479-6124, ext. 232.
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Did You Know?
The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."