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.
Fees & Reservations
$3 per person (good for 7 days with receipt). We accept checks, cash, and credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Diner's Club and JCB. For park hours, click here.
FEE FREE DAYS
Every year, the National Park Service picks certain holidays as fee free days. On these days, the entrance fees are waived for all national parks that charge for entrance. It's a great opportunity to see our nation's national parks. For a listing of fee free days, click here.
WEDDINGS, PHOTOGRAPHY, FILMING AND OTHER GROUP RESERVATIONS:
For information on holding your wedding or reception at the park, questions related to filming or photography, or reserving an area for your group, click here.
COMMERCIAL BUS TOURS
Fees for commercial bus groups vary depending on the size of the motorcoach. For more information, click here.
SPECIAL EVENT FEES
Lake Lucero Tours:
Full Moon Bike Ride:
Full Moon Hike:
White Sands National Monument Annual Pass (General Public) - $20
Interagency Senior Pass (U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents age 62 & older) - $10
Interagency Annual Pass (General Public) - $80
Interagency Volunteer Pass - Free
Interagency Access Pass (Disabled U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents) - Free
Annual Military Pass (Active Duty U.S. Military Only) - Free
Did You Know?
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.