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. and close approximately 1 hour after sunset. More »
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, including Dunes Drive and the visitor center, will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
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?
Three species of lizards, one pocket mouse and numerous species of insects have evolved a white coloration for survival in the white sands.