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 »
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.
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)
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)
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."