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.
Hike Smart! Learn how to "Hike Smart" with a ranger this summer!
Every Saturday at 5 pm, May 27 through September 2, 2013
Hike Smart is a ranger lead program for both adults and children at White Sands NM this summer. The program is about how to keep yourself as well as the plants and animals whose home you will be traveling through safe.
It is important to know how to explore deserts safely. Hiking is more fun if we are prepared. This program is based on scenarios that will help you learn how to dress, what to bring, basic map and compass use, and outdoor awareness skills. This is an hour long outdoor class.
**Please note that this is not the same as our Junior Ranger program. Children do not earn a badge or patch. For children who would like to earn a badge or patch, the Junior Ranger booklet can be obtained for free at the visitor center desk.
Where: Dune Life Nature Trail - Meet at trailhead
Did You Know?
Unlike most other birds, which have three front toes and one back toe, the roadrunner has two front and two back toes, allowing it to run down its prey. Look for its distinct X-shaped tracks on the white sands.