• 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.

Schedule Of Events

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  • Patio Talk

    Wednesday, August 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

  • Patio Talk

    Thursday, August 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

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

  • Patio Talk

    Friday, August 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, August 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

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

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, August 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

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

  • Patio Talk

    Monday, August 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

    Monday, August 25, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, August 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 Talk

    Tuesday, August 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

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, August 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

  • Patio Talk

    Wednesday, August 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

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, August 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

  • Patio Talk

    Thursday, August 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

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, August 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

  • Patio Talk

    Friday, August 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

    Friday, August 29, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, August 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

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, August 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

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, August 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

  • American Indian Artist Craft Show and Demonstration

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Join American Indian artists from New Mexico on the visitor center patio for artists' demonstrations and craft show. More

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, August 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

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, August 31, 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 Talk

    Monday, September 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

    Monday, September 1, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, September 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.