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
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.
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: $3.00 per person ages 16 and older, $1.50 for children and to holders of the Golden Age Pass. National Park/Golden Eagle Passports and the
DIFFICULTY OF THE HIKE- Moderate. The 1.5 mile round trip hike is through an arroyo and is not a maintained trail. 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.
The tour will begin at the Small Missile Range Gate intersection with US Highway 70, 25 miles west of
There are no Lake Lucero tours scheduled from May through October 2014. The next tour will take place on November 29, 2014. Reservations will open on October 29, 2014.
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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:
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Did You Know?
Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.