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.
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?
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.