• 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 »


    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. 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.

Plan Your Visit

NOTICE: Alcohol is prohibited within the park during the months of February, March, April and May.


Not sure where we are located? We have directions, GPS coordinates, and maps available to help!

Operating Hours & Seasons
Here you will find a listing of our current hours of operation for the visitor center, as well as sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset times and park gate opening and closing schedule.

Fees & Reservations
Visit this page for information on obtaining park passes, current entrance fees, special fee events, and information on scheduling commercial bus tours.

Things To Do
To help you plan for your visit, we've provided a list of events, special programs, and other activities that you can participate in while here.

Things To Know Before You Come
Your safety and enjoyment while at the monument is our main priority. To that end, here you'll find information on what to do in emergency situations, basic safety information, lodging and local restaurants, climate and weather conditions, and park regulations.

Looking for more information on the park? We have several brochures available that discuss everything from local history to geology to biology.

We sincerely want every visitor to enjoy their visit to White Sands. As such, we try to accomodate everyone as best we can.


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Did You Know?

Photo of hiker on the dunes

Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.