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 »
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.
Step into the Past
Full Moon Hike
Commercial Bus Tours
Lake Lucero Tours
Join a ranger and learn about the formation of the sands and the special plants and animals that live in and around the dunes. Learn more…
Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. Enjoy a leisurely one-hour ranger-guided walk through sand dunes and learn about the geology, plants, and animals of this unique area. Offered daily one hour before sunset. Learn more…
Full Moon Nights
Enjoy the beauty of the white sands under the light of the full moon and join us for our six Full Moon Nights programs offered this summer. Learn more...
Full Moon Bike Rides
Take a leisurely bike ride through the monument. No cars are allowed in the monument during the event. Learn more…
Skins and Skulls
Junior Ranger Program
Did You Know?
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.