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 »
New Monument Hours
The monument currently opens at 8 a.m. and closes roughly 1 hour after sunset. More »
The Dunes Drive
It takes roughtly 45 minutes to drive the entire route, plus additional time for walking, photography, or stopping at pullouts. A full list of trails in the park can be found here.
To download a detailed map of the Dunes Drive, click here (157kb PDF)
**Note: Many cell phone carriers do not work very well in the park. It is recommended that you download the georeferenced map to your mobile device before entering the park so you already have it. Once downloaded, you only need to open it.
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.