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.
Due to the somewhat remote nature of our park, there are no gas stations at White Sands National Monument. The closest gas station is in Alamogordo, roughly 13 miles northeast on Highway 70 East. The next gas station would be in Las Cruces, approximately 50 miles northwest on Highway 70 West.
If you are coming from Alamogordo or Las Cruces, it is highly recommended that you fill up your gas tank before leaving town. There are no gas stations between Alamogordo and Las Cruces.
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.