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 Alamogordo Balloon Fiesta Park in Alamogordo, NM. For more information call 800-826-0294 or (575) 437-6120.
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.
White Sands Trading Company
White Sands Trading Gift Shop is the official concessioner of White Sands National Monument, proudly joining with the National Park Service in preserving this rich ecosystem for generations to come. They offer authentic Native American handcrafts including hand coiled, wood-fired pottery and Zuni, Hopi, Santo Domingo and Navajo jewelry. Sand toys, sleds and kites are also available for purchase. Regional food products such as dried chiles, salsa and biscochitos and souvenirs like T-shirts, mugs and caps are just a few highlights of the many unique gifts available. Their selection of grab-and-go food will help to appease your hunger with a wide variety of snacks and sandwiches. You can also restock your water supply (critical in this desert) or select from a variety of juices and sodas.
Did You Know?
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.