• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

Operating Hours & Seasons

 

The monument is open daily year round. The only day of the year that we are scheduled to be closed is Christmas Day, December 25.

UNEXPECTED CLOSURES - Especially during the winter and occasionally throughout the year, there are times when the park may have to close due to bad roads or weather. During these times, the website may not contain the most up-to-date information because the website cannot be updated from outside of the park's offices. However, the park does try its best to notify the public. In case of unexpected closures, the information will be available at the following locations in order of priority as soon as possible:

1) Local radio stations KUPR-FM 91.7 and KRWG-FM 90.7
2) Our Facebook and Twitter pages
3) New Mexico Department of Transportation Road Conditions

Special Note: Due to missile testing on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, it is occasionally necessary, for visitor safety, to close the Dunes Drive for periods of up to three hours. U.S. Highway 70/82 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed during times of missile testing. Visitors on a tight schedule are encouraged to call the day prior to arrival for information on closures.

2014 Holiday hours (December 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015)
Visitor Center 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. No vehicles may enter the Dunes Drive after sunset. All visitors must exit the park by one hour after sunset. Download park gate hours from link at top of page for specific inbound gate and park closing times.

 

2015 Winter hours: (January 5, 2015 - March 7, 2015)

Visitor Center 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Hours for the Dunes drive change during this period. They are as follows:

  • January 1 to February 20 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors must exit by 6:00 p.m.
  • February 21 to March 7 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors must exit by 6:30 p.m.
No vehicles may enter the Dunes Drive after sunset. Download park gate hours from link at top of page for specific inbound gate and park closing times.

2015 Spring hours: (March 8, 2015 - May 17, 2015)

Visitor Center 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Hours for the Dunes Drive change during this period. They are as follows:

  • March 8 to April 17 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 am. to 7:00 p.m. Visitors must exit by 8:00 p.m.
  • April 18 to May 17 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visitors must exit by 8:30 p.m.

No vehicles may enter the Dunes Drive after sunset. Download park gate hours from link at top of page for specific inbound gate and park closing times.

2015 Summer hours (May 18, 2015 - September 13, 2015)

Visitor Center 8:00 am - 7:00 pm. Hours for the Dunes Drive change during this period. They are as follows:

  • May 18 to May 23 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visitors must exist by 8:30 p.m.
  • May 24 to September 5 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors must exit by 9:00 p.m.
  • September 6 to September 13 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visitors must exit by 8:00 p.m.

No vehicles may enter the Dunes Drive after sunset. Download park gate hours from link at top of page for specific inbound gate and park closing times.

2015 Fall hours (September 14, 2015 - October 31, 2015)

Visitor Center 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Hours for the Dunes Drive change during this period. They are as follows:

  • September 14 to October 4 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visitors must exit by 8:00 p.m.
  • October 5 to October 31 - The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors must exit by 7:00 p.m.

No vehicles may enter the Dunes Drive after sunset. Download park gate hours from link at top of page for specific inbound gate and park closing times.

2015 Winter hours (November 1, 2015 - December 11, 2015)

Visitor Center 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors must exit by 6 p.m.

2015 Holiday hours (December 12, 2015 - January 3, 2016)

Visitor Center 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Dunes Drive may be entered from 7:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Visitors must exit by 6 p.m.

Special Note: Due to missile testing on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, it is occasionally necessary, for visitor safety, to close the Dunes Drive for periods of up to three hours. U.S. Highway 70/82 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed during times of missile testing. Visitors on a tight schedule are encouraged to call the day prior to arrival for information on closures.

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