• 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 »

  • New Monument Hours

    The monument currently opens at 8 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.

Sunset Strolls

The Sunset Stroll Nature Walk is an easy (less than one mile) stroll through the dunes to look at the geology, plants and animals of the dune field. Some climbing on the dunes is involved.The walk is timed to end at sunset in order to provide good photographic opportunites.The Sunset Stroll is held every evening throughout the year, except when staff is not available. The starting time varies.

PLEASE NOTE: Although the stroll does not require much climbing, it does lead visitors off the road and through the sand. As a result, it is not wheelchair or scooter accessible. The ranger will try to accomodate visitors with special needs as best they can, but the stroll may require a climb up a gentle slope or two.

2014 Sunset Stroll Schedule

4:00 p.m. January 1 - 3 (Sunset: 5:07 - 5:11)

4:15 p.m. January 4 - 10 (Sunset: 5:11 - 5:16)

4:30 p.m. January 11 - January 31 (Sunset: 5:17 - 5:36)

4:45 p.m. February 1 - February 21 (Sunset: 5:37 - 5:55)

5:00 p.m. February 23 - March 8 (Sunset: 5:57 - 6:07)

March 9: Sunset 7:08 Daylight Savings Begins (SPRING FORWARD)

6:15 p.m. March 9 - March 28 (Sunset: 7:08 - 7:22)

6:30 p.m. March 29 - April 18 (Sunset: 7:22 - 7:37)

6:45 p.m. April 19 - May 16 (Sunset: 7:38 - 7:57)

7:00 p.m. May 17 - August 3 (Sunset: 7:58 -8:01)

6:45 p.m. August 4 - 17 (Sunset: 8:00 - 7:47)

6:30 p.m. August 18 - August 24 (Sunset: 7:46 - 7:39)

6:15 p.m. August 25 - September 7 (Sunset: 7:38 - 7:21)

6:00 p.m. September 8 - September 21 (Sunset: 7:20 - 7:02)

5:45 p.m. September 22 - September 28 (Sunset: 7:01 - 6:53)

5:30 p.m. September 29 - October 12 (Sunset: 6:52 - 6:35)

5:15 p.m. October 13 - October 26 (Sunset: 6:34 - 6:19)

5:00 p.m. October 27 - November 1 (Sunset: 6:18 - 6:13)

November 2: Sunset 5:12 Daylight Savings Ends (FALL BACK)

4:00 p.m. November 2 - December 31 (Sunset: 5:11 - 5:11)

 
volunteer leading a sunset stroll at the monument
Visitors enjoying a sunset stroll at the monument
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Did You Know?

Photo of animal tracks

Most desert animals are nocturnal, coming out to feed only at night when temperatures are cooler. Every animal in the white sands makes tracks on the dunes as it moves, leaving clues to its nocturnal activities.