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
White Sands National Monument will open at 8 a.m. and close approximately one hour after sunset from September 3 through December 31, 2013. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the monument will open at 9 a.m.
Road Work in the Monument
From Oct. 1 until further notice, a paving project will affect Dunes Drive and the visitor center and gift shop parking lots. Please be alert for changes in traffic patterns and potential traffic delays along Dunes Drive. We appreciate your flexibility.
Closed on Christmas Day
The monument will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
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?
Some species of plants can survive burial by a moving dune by a process called "stem elongation." As the sand rises, the plants quickly grow upward to keep their leaves above the rising sand.