• 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.

Fees & Reservations

ENTRANCE FEES

$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.

Children 15 and under are free.

Entrance fees are collected at the entrance station on the Dunes Drive.

Holders of the Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Volunteer Pass and White Sands Annual Pass will be admitted free along with three other persons (16 and older) in a private non-commerical vehicle.

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:
$3.00 per person ages 16 & older.
$1.50 per person for 15 and under and Interagency Senior Pass and Interagency Access pass holders (cardholder only). Interagency Annual and White Sands Annual Passes are not valid for this activity. Advance registration is required. Reservations can be made one month prior to the scheduled tour. Learn more...

Full Moon Bike Ride:
$5.00 per person ages 16 & older.
$2.50 per person for 15 and under and Interagency Senior and Access pass holders (cardholder only). Interagency Annual and White Sands passes are not valid for this activity. Advance registration is required. Reservations can be made one month prior to the scheduled bike ride. Learn more...

Full Moon Hike:
$5.00 per person ages 16 & older.
$2.50 per child ages 15 & under and Interagency Senior and Access pass holders (cardholder only). Interagency Annual and White Sands passes are not valid for this activity. Advance registration is required. Reservations can be made two weeks prior to the scheduled hike. Learn more...

 

PURCHASING NATIONAL PARK PASSPORTS

White Sands National Monument Annual Pass (General Public) - $20
This passport admits the pass holder and three persons (16 and older) in a private non-commerical vehicle into the park for free for a period of one year. It can be purchased only at the entrance station to White Sands National Monument. This passport does not apply to special use fees, such as camping, Lake Lucero tours, and bicycle rides.

Interagency Senior Pass (U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents age 62 & older) - $10
This lifetime passport admits the pass holder and three persons (16 and older) in a private non-commerical vehicle into any federal recreation area for free. It must be purchased in person at the entrance station. This passport does not apply to special use fees, such as camping, Lake Lucero tours, and bicycle rides.

Interagency Annual Pass (General Public) - $80
This passport admits the pass holder and three persons (16 and older) in a private non-commerical vehicle into any federal recreation area free for a period of one year. It can be purchased in person, by calling 1-800-ASK-USGS, or by visiting http://store.usgs.gov/pass. This passport does not apply to special use fees, such as camping, Lake Lucero tours, and bicycle rides.

Interagency Volunteer Pass - Free
This passport is good for one year and is available to persons who have volunteered in public lands at least 500 cumulative hours starting January 1, 2007. It admits the pass holder and three persons (16 and older) in a private non-commerical vehicle into any federal recreation area for free. This passport does not apply to special use fees, such as camping, Lake Lucero tours, and bicycle rides.

Interagency Access Pass (Disabled U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents) - Free
This lifetime passport is available to U.S. citizens and permanents residents who are permanently disabled. It admits the pass holder and three persons (16 and older) in a private non-commerical vehicle into any federal recreation area for free. It must be obtained in person. Documentation of disability must be provided. This passport does not apply to special use fees, such as camping, Lake Lucero tours, and bicycle rides.

Annual Military Pass (Active Duty U.S. Military Only) - Free
To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, the National Park Service now has an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty U.S. military members and their dependents. This pass does not apply to special use fees, such as camping, bike rides, and Lake Lucero tours. Visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass for more information.

Did You Know?

Aerial photo of dunes

The white sands dunefield is an active dunefield. The dunes move from west to east as much as thirty feet per year.