• 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 »

  • 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.

Stargazing

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

As of right now, no star parties are scheduled for 2013. We will update this information should that change.

 
White Sands' entrance sign at night
The monument's entrance sign at night with luminarias and stars

Did You Know?

Photo of kangaroo rat

Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.