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 night sky at White Sands National Monument is perfect for stargazing. There is very little light pollution from Alamogordo thanks to the city's dark sky ordinance. The ordinance was put into place to reduce light pollution for the various observatories that overlook the city, such as Sun Spot and Apache Point.
Photographers, families and amateur astronomers are welcome to come on out to the dunes to watch the skies.
Star Party at White Sands National Monument
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.