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.
Get your hands involved in learning!
Join rangers in the visitor center courtyard for a free one-hour craft and interpretive program. Rangers will share surprising facts about the creepy crawlers, amazing adapters, and out-of-this-world geology of White Sands whlie guiding kids through a take-home craft project.
Targeted age range is 6-10 years old. Parents are welcome to stay and participate in the program.
Did You Know?
Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.