• 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 »

  • New Monument Hours

    The monument currently opens at 8 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.

Full Moon Nights

Felipa Ruibal
Full Moon Night performers on the dunes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm
To Be Determined

Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm
To Be Determined

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm
To Be Determined

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm
To Be Determined

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm
To Be Determined

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm
To Be Determined

Did You Know?

Photo of hiker on the dunes

Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.