• 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 »

  • New Monument Hours

    The monument currently opens at 8 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.

Schedule Of Events

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  • Patio Talks

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Come enjoy a ranger led patio talk, ranging from topics of America's Best Idea in the Land of Enchantment to Current Research at White Sands National Monument! More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Full Moon Bike Ride

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    It's a leisurely bike ride with your friends and family through the monument. For these rides, the Dunes Drive is re-opened for three hours after dark for bicycles only. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Did you know 44 different species of mammals live at White Sands? More

  • Patio Talks

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Come enjoy a ranger led patio talk, ranging from topics of America's Best Idea in the Land of Enchantment to Current Research at White Sands National Monument! More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Did you know 44 different species of mammals live at White Sands? More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Patio Talks

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Come enjoy a ranger led patio talk, ranging from topics of America's Best Idea in the Land of Enchantment to Current Research at White Sands National Monument! More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Did you know 44 different species of mammals live at White Sands? More

  • Patio Talks

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Come enjoy a ranger led patio talk, ranging from topics of America's Best Idea in the Land of Enchantment to Current Research at White Sands National Monument! More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Did you know 44 different species of mammals live at White Sands? More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Patio Talks

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Come enjoy a ranger led patio talk, ranging from topics of America's Best Idea in the Land of Enchantment to Current Research at White Sands National Monument! More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Did you know 44 different species of mammals live at White Sands? More

  • Patio Talks

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Come enjoy a ranger led patio talk, ranging from topics of America's Best Idea in the Land of Enchantment to Current Research at White Sands National Monument! More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Lake Lucero Tour

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Hike with a ranger to the source of the sands and learn about the dunefield. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Did you know 44 different species of mammals live at White Sands? More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    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. Offered daily one hour before sunset. More

Did You Know?

Photo of sand grains

The gypsum that makes up the white sands starts out as clear, translucent sand grains. As the wind bounces the sand grains along the ground, they collide and scratch each other. The scratches change the way light reflects off the grains, making the sand appear white.