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. and close approximately 1 hour after sunset. More »
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, including Dunes Drive and the visitor center, will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. Enjoy a leisurely one-hour ranger-guided walk through sand dunes and learn about the geology, plants, and animals of this unique area. The setting sun is a photographer's delight, and the dunes beckon children of all ages. Program starts at the sign along the dunes drive about five miles from the visitor center. No charge for the program. A $3.00 per person (16 years and older) entrance fee does apply to enter the monument. Programs are offered most days. Call the monument to confirm (575-679-2599 ext. 236).