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.
Although there is no official U.S. Post Office at White Sands National Monument, both the Western National Parks Association bookstore and the White Sands Trading Company gift shop offer postage stamps of all denominations. You can also mail your postcards and letters via the gift shop's mail box, available just inside the doors leading to the patio.
Did You Know?
Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.