• 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 in Alamogordo, NM. 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

    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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, September 2, 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, September 3, 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, September 4, 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, September 5, 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

    Saturday, September 6, 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, September 6, 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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, September 7, 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

    Sunday, September 7, 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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

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

  • Full Moon Hike

    Sunday, September 7, 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, September 8, 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

  • September Full Moon Night

    Monday, September 8, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, September 9, 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, September 10, 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, September 11, 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, September 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, September 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

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, September 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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, September 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

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, September 14, 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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, September 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

    Tuesday, September 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

    Wednesday, September 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

    Thursday, September 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, September 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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, September 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

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, September 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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, September 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

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, September 21, 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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, September 22, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Friday, September 26, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

  • Patio Talk

    Saturday, September 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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

  • Patio Talk

    Sunday, September 28, 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

  • Skins and Skulls

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Monday, September 29, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

  • Sunset Stroll

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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

Did You Know?

Photo of yucca growing on a dune

Some species of plants can survive burial by a moving dune by a process called "stem elongation." As the sand rises, the plants quickly grow upward to keep their leaves above the rising sand.