• 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 »

  • New Monument Hours

    The monument currently opens at 8 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.

Goods & Services

Gift Shop
White Sands Trading Gift Shop is the official concessioner of White Sands National Monument. Whether you are looking for a snack or a beautiful souvenir to remember your visit, the gift shop is sure to have it!

Bookstore
Western National Parks Association is the cooperating association that works with White Sands National Monument and manages our bookstore. If you're looking for that perfect book to read, check out their selection.

Post Office
We don't have a post office on site, but we do have stamps and a mailbox!

Gas Stations
There are no gas stations at the park, but you'll find information on where to find one here.

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.