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
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?
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.