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 »
Getting to the Park
The visitor center is located on Highway US-70 between the cities of Alamogordo and Las Cruces.
From Alamogordo, NM:
Drive time: About 15 minutes
From Las Cruces, NM:
Drive time: About 1 hour
From El Paso, TX:
There are two ways to arrive at White Sands from El Paso.
Through Las Cruces:
32° 46' 45" North, 106° 10' 19" West
To download a copy of the map (with directions) below as well as other detailed maps of the park, click here.
Did You Know?
Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.