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 Ed Brabson Balloon Park on Lavelle Rd in Alamogordo. Call Pat at (575) 430-9226 from 8-5 pm MDT.
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?
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.