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.
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.
2013 Sunset Stroll Schedule
4:00 p.m. January 1 - 4 (Sunset: 5:09 - 5:12)
5:00 p.m. February 23 - March 9 (Sunset: 5:57 - 6:08)
March 10: Sunset 7:09 Daylight Savings Begins (SPRING FORWARD)
6:15 p.m. March 10 - March 29 (Sunset: 7:09 - 7:23)
6:30 p.m. March 30 - April 19 (Sunset: 7:23 - 7:38)
6:45 p.m. April 20 - May 17 (Sunset: 7:38 - 7:58)
7:00 p.m. May 18 - August 4 (Sunset: 7:59 -8:00)
6:45 p.m. August 5 - 18 (Sunset: 7:59 - 7:46)
6:30 p.m. August 19 - August 25 (Sunset: 7:45 - 7:38)
6:15 p.m. August 26 - September 8 (Sunset: 7:36 - 7:20)
6:00 p.m. September 10 - September 16 (Sunset: 7:17 - 7:08)
5:45 p.m. September 16 - September 29 (Sunset: 7:09 - 6:51)
5:30 p.m. September 30 - October 13 (Sunset: 6:50 - 6:33)
5:15 p.m. October 14 - October 27 (Sunset: 6:32 - 6:18)
5:00 p.m. October 28 - November 2 (Sunset: 6:17 - 6:12)
November 3: Sunset 5:11 Daylight Savings Ends (FALL BACK)
4:00 p.m. November 3 - December 31 (Sunset: 5:11 - 5:12)
Did You Know?
While the wind piles the sand grains into dunes, the dunes move forward under the force of gravity. As the leading edge of the dune ("slipface") gets steeper, gravity pulls an avalanche of sand down the slipface, moving the dune forward.