• 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 »

  • 2014 WHITE SANDS BALLOON INVITATIONAL

    The White Sands Balloon Committee and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both days of the Balloon Festival on Sept 20-21 at the Alamogordo Balloon Fiesta Park. For more information call 800-826-0294 or (575) 437-6120.

  • 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.

Event Details

  • 03/01/2014

    Location: Lake Lucero Trailhead Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Fee Information: $3 per adult, $1.50 per child

Accompany rangers and living history actors from the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Musum on a journey through the 10,000 years of human habitation in the Tularosa Basin. As you hike to Lake Lucero, colorful characters such as the famous lawman Pat Garrett and local dignitary Tom Charles (who led the fight to establish White Sand National Monument) will share the rich history of the basin. Program fee: $3 per adult (16 years and older), $1.50 for children and America the Beautiful Senior and Access pass holders. Reservations are required and will be accepted starting on February 1, 2014. All tour reservations must be made through the website. This four-hour program will take place on the Lake Lucero trail. The trail is uneven, rocky, and has a grade of two to three percent.