• 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 »

  • 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.

Interpretive Programs

Living History Actor as Pat Garret

Step into the Past
Come join a ranger for a fascinating look at our past. Topics vary. Program is presented every other month beginning in January, 2014. Learn more...

 
Ranger giving a patio talk

Patio Talks
Learn about unique aspects of the monument from these 20-minute informal ranger talks on the patio of the visitor center. Learn more...

 
Full Moon Rising Over Dunes

Full Moon Hike
This summer White Sands will be offering a new way to experience the monument, under the glow of the full moon. Sign up for one of these ranger-led 1-1.5 mile hikes and explore the beautiful dunes in a whole new light. Learn more...

 
Ranger getting ready for step on tour

Commercial Bus Tours
Are you bringing a commercial bus tour group to White Sands? We've put together some information to answer what questions you may have. Learn More...

 
Ranger and vsitors at Lake Lucero

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…

 
visitors enjoying a sunset stroll at the monument

Sunset Strolls

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 rising at White Sands

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...

 
visitor registration at the full moon bike ride

Full Moon Bike Rides

Take a leisurely bike ride through the monument. No cars are allowed in the monument during the event. Learn more…

 
Sunrise over the dunes

Sunrise Photography
Geared towards the amateur photographer, this program is offered only twice a year. Join a ranger to catch your own images of the sun rising over the dunes on this one-hour program. For more information...

 
Crafty Kids

Crafty Kids
Come join a ranger and get your hands involved in learning! For more information on this one-hour program, click here...

 
Skins and Skulls

Skins and Skulls
Did you know 44 different species of mammals live at White Sands? Join rangers every Saturday and Sunday to learn more about them. More information....

 
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Junior Ranger Program
Earn a Junior Ranger badge and learn about White Sands with a ranger. Learn More...

 
 
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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.