• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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.

Entrance Passes

Mark your calendar, everyone! America's Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it's free! These days are a great opportunity to visit your favorite park.

The following days will be Fee Free in 2014:

  1. January 20
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  2. February 15-17
    President's Day Weekend
  3. April 19-20
    Opening weekend of National Park Week
  4. August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  5. September 27
    National Public Lands Day
  6. November 11
    Veterans Day

Did You Know?

Photo of animal tracks

Most desert animals are nocturnal, coming out to feed only at night when temperatures are cooler. Every animal in the white sands makes tracks on the dunes as it moves, leaving clues to its nocturnal activities.