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.
R. Wiles, NPS Photo
Are you looking for a place to stay while you visit White Sands? Although there is no lodging available within the monument, there are plenty of places to stay in nearby Alamogordo (13 miles from the park) and Las Cruces (50 miles from the park). The links below will help you locate a hotel or campground that fits your needs.
Area Camping Brochure
Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce
Las Cruces Convention & Visitor's Bureau
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.