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.
Lake Lucero Tours
What is the Lake Lucero tour?
Have you ever wondered how the white sands formed? Take a tour to Lake Lucero with a ranger and learn about the formation of the sands and the special plants and animals that live in and around the dunes. These three-hour ranger-guided tours to the playa (dry lakebed) of Lake Lucero are offered once a month and reservations are required.
Reserving Your Spot
Reservations can be made by following the instructions below and can be made no more than one month in advance of the tour date.
A special use fee is charged for the tour. The fees are $8.00 per person ages 16 and older, $4 for children and holders of the Golden Age or Senior Passes (cardholder only; does not apply to the entire group). The discount does not apply to any other passes.
Difficulty and Accessibility
The difficulty of this hike is moderate. The 1.5 mile round trip hike is not on a maintaned trail and leads through an arroyo. The soil is loose and the terrain can be rough. This hike is not wheelchair accessible and is not recommended for those with impaired mobility.
How to get to the start of the tour
The tour will begin at the Small Missile Range Gate intersection with US Highway 70, 25 miles west of
We no longer give Lake Lucero tours from May through October.
The next tour will take place on November 29, 2014. Reservations will open at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time on October 29, 2014. Any forms received before 8:00 a.m. October 29, 2014 will not be processed.
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2014 Lake Lucero Tours
2 p.m. Sunday, January 26
2 p.m. Saturday, February 22
9 a.m. Sunday, March 30
9 a.m. Sunday, April 27
No tours May through October
10 a.m. Saturday, November 29
10 a.m. Sunday, December 28
Directions for Submitting the Form:
When you download the form, you will see three buttons in the upper right-hand corner of the form itself. The following will explain what the three buttons do.
1) Email Form:
Web-based Email Clients: If you use a web-based client, such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or Gmail, you will also need to save the completed PDF file to your computer using the steps below. Then, sign into your email account in your browser. Compose a new email, just as you would normally, and attach the PDF form to your email using the procedures for your particular email provider.
In the "To" line, enter email@example.com and place "Lake Lucero Tour" in the subject line.
2) Save Form:
3) Print Form:
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.