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.
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?
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.