• 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.

Schedule Of Events

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  • Patio Talk

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Friday, July 4, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Mexican Arts and Craft Show and Demonstrations

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Enjoy a Mexican Arts Show and Sale co-sponsored by the National Park Service and Western National Parks Association. More

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Mexican Arts and Craft Show and Demonstrations

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    Enjoy a Mexican Arts Show and Sale co-sponsored by the National Park Service and Western National Parks Association. More

  • Patio Talk

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Monday, July 7, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Friday, July 11, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Full Moon Hike

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Have you ever wondered what the dunes look like under the glow of the moon? Join a ranger for a full moon hike and see firsthand the dunes in a whole new light. More

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • July Full Moon Night

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Listen to music, learn about the monument, and enjoy the beauty of the moonlit dunes. More

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Monday, July 14, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Friday, July 18, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Friday, July 25, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

  • Patio Talk

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Join a ranger on the visitor center patio to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands National Monument. More

  • Skins and Skulls

    Friday, August 1, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. More

Did You Know?

Photo of ripples on a dune

The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."