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. 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.
Full Moon Nights
Cost: All full moon night programs are free and do not require reservations.
Seating: There are no seats provided in the Evening Program Area. Visitors are encouraged to bring camp chairs, blankets, and even coolers with food and drink with them to the show.
Pets: Pets are allowed as long as they are friendly. Pets must remain on a leash and be under their owner's control at all times.
The 2014 Full Moon Night Schedule
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm
Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Did You Know?
Most desert animals are nocturnal, coming out to feed only at night when temperatures are cooler. Every animal in the white sands makes tracks on the dunes as it moves, leaving clues to its nocturnal activities.