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.
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?
The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."