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 »
New Monument Hours
White Sands National Monument will open at 8 a.m. and close approximately one hour after sunset from September 3 through December 31, 2013. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the monument will open at 9 a.m.
Road Work in the Monument
From Oct. 1 until further notice, a paving project will affect Dunes Drive and the visitor center and gift shop parking lots. Please be alert for changes in traffic patterns and potential traffic delays along Dunes Drive. We appreciate your flexibility.
Closed on Christmas Day
The monument will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Full Moon Hikes
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.
Reservations are required. Reservations will only be accepted during the registration period (two weeks prior to the scheduled hike), and remember, please make your reservations early because only 40 participants are allowed per trip. The hike fills up very fast, often within a few hours after the form is posted. Trip details will be given out to registered participants.
WHEN A FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE: To help mitigate any server issues or other circumstances, we usually have the form uploaded onto the website the night before registration opens. There are occasions when this does not happen due to various reasons (staffing, server problems, etc). In those instances, we try to have the form available no later than 9:00 am on the morning that registration opens. Forms will not be accepted before 12:01 am MST on the day registration opens (see note below).
Please note: Forms are processed in the order they are received according to the date/time stamp on them (faxes included). Any forms received before 12:01am MST on the day registration opens will not be processed.
COST - There will be a program fee of $5 per person for anyone 16 and older and $2.50 for 15 and under in addition to monument entrance fees. You must pay the fees for the hike at the entrance station. If you still have a valid monument entrance receipt (no older than 6 days) then you do not need to pay the monument entrance fee again. The ranger will look at your receipt when checking you in for the hike.
BOY SCOUTS AND OTHER LARGE GROUPS - Because spaces are limited, we cannot allow large groups to register for the public full moon hike, even if you send in multiple forms of 5 participants each. If you have a large group such as a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop and would like to go on the full moon hike, please contact us at (575) 479-6124 ext. 232 and we will see if we can accommodate your group. Accommodation is not guaranteed.
See below for detailed directions on how to submit the form.
No hikes are scheduled to take place November 2013 through April 2014.
May 2013 Full Moon Hike - 8:00 pm Thursday, May 23
June 2013 Full Moon Hike - 8:00 pm Saturday, June 22
July 2013 Full Moon Hike - 8:00 pm Sunday, July 21
September 2013 Full Moon Hike - 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 18
October 2013 Full Moon Hike - 6:30 pm Thursday, October 17
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Directions for Submitting the Form:
When you download the form, you will see three buttons in the upper right-hand corner of the form itself. The following will explain what the three buttons do.
1) Email Form:
Web-based Email Clients: If you use a web-based client, such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or Gmail, you will also need to save the completed PDF file to your computer using the steps below. Then, sign into your email account in your browser. Compose a new email, just as you would normally, and attach the PDF form to your email using the procedures for your particular email provider.
2) Save Form:
3) Print Form:
Did You Know?
Unlike most other birds, which have three front toes and one back toe, the roadrunner has two front and two back toes, allowing it to run down its prey. Look for its distinct X-shaped tracks on the white sands.