• 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 »

  • 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

Felipa Ruibal
Full Moon Night performers on the dunes

Basic Information

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
Skins, Skulls & Scat: The Past and Present Animals of White Sands
Ranger Robin Milne
Dire wolves. Columbian mammoths. Kit fox. Coyotes. What do they have in common?They've all called White Sands home. Join Ranger Robin for an interactive ranger presentation that will delve into the secretive lives of these animals. There will be pelts and skulls to provide you an up-close look and feel of the elusive wildlife of White Sands.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm
1st Armored Division: Shock Action
Shock Action is the 1st Armored Division Band’s highly versatile and energetic pop/rock band. The group comes prepared with a wide repertoire of music ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, Old School Rap, Classic/Alternative Rock, and Country. "Shock Action" has performed across Southwestern Texas and abroad, entertaining deployed troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Join Shock Action and its innovative style and boundless energy under a moon-filled night.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm
Mariachi Fuego del Sol
Founded in mid-2013, Mariachi Fuego del Sol has been dubbed the "happiest Mariachi in the Southwest." Bound together by a deep passion for Mariachi music, this nine-person band has gone on to win the three awards from Western New Mexico University and the League of United Latin American Citizens Counsel. Come join us as they share their love of Mariachi music beneath the full moon.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Randy Granger, Native American Flutist
Native American Flutist Randy Granger will fill the moonlit night with his unique blend of instruments, interpretation of traditional melodies, and heartfelt music. Join this native New Mexican for a relaxing summer evening.

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Ernie Dogwolf Lovato
Flute player, musician, and story teller, Erine Dogwolf Lovato will entertain and educate young and old alike with his enchanting stories, songs, and music. Ernie is a native New Mexican of Apache and Spanish European heritage. He has traveled across the country sharing his stories and music. Enjoy a cool evening under the full moon and join Erine in song and dance.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm
RarAmuri: The Footrunners of the Sierra Madre
Diana Molina
RarAmuri, Uto-Aztecan for Tarahumara, are among the world's best runners from lives spent traversing the canyon walls and plateaus of the Sierra Madre Occidental in northern Mexico. In a personal narrative complimented by anthropological, ethnographic and scientific research, Diana Molina will feature the exceptional RarAmuri culture, discuss the impact of modern society on their lifestyle, and highlight the amazing expanse of the canyon environment with stunning photographs taken while living among the tribe for extended periods of time. This program is made possible in collaboration with and generous support of the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Did You Know?

Photo of sand avalanching

While the wind piles the sand grains into dunes, the dunes move forward under the force of gravity. As the leading edge of the dune ("slipface") gets steeper, gravity pulls an avalanche of sand down the slipface, moving the dune forward.