• 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 »

  • New Monument Hours

    The monument currently opens at 8 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.

Picnicking

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There are two shaded picnic tables adjacent to the Visitor Center at the park entrance.

There are three picnic areas in the heart of the sands near the end of the Dunes Drive, with a total of 45 tables. Each table is shaded and has an elevated grill. Please do not leave used charcoal in the grills or throw charcoal into trash containers. Take all used charcoal home with you.

One group picnic area may be reserved in advance for organized groups. Click here for information on the Group Use Area.

Did You Know?

Aerial photo of parabolic dunes.

Not all sand dunes are alike. Dunes may take many forms, depending on the amount of sand available, the strength and direction of prevailing winds, and the type of vegetation in the area. Four types of dunes can be found in the white sands dunefield.