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.
Step into the Past
Did you know that salt was once mined in this area? Have you ever wondered about the architecture that you see in the visitor center? Or perhaps your interest lies in the amazing skills of Native American artistry.
Whatever your interest, come Step Into the Past with us and learn about the Tularosa Basin's fascinating history! Take a look beyond the bad men and the territorial conflicts as we explore some of the lesser known aspects of the area's past.
Historic Southwest Architecture Tour
Living History Hike to Lake Lucero
All tour reservations must be made through the website. This four-hour program will take place on the Lake Lucero trail. The trail is uneven, rocky, and has a grade of two to three percent. Download the registration form.***
***Please note: Forms are processed in the order they are received according to the date/time stamp on them (faxes included). Any forms received before 12:01am MST on the day registration opens will not be processed.
A Salty Tale: History of Salt Mining in the Tularosa Basin
Mexican Arts and Craft Show and Demonstrations
American Indian Artist Craft Show and Demonstration
Fire on the Dunes: How Humans Shaped the Gypsum Dunes
Did You Know?
Not all sand dunes are alike. Dunes may take many forms, depending on the amount of sand available, the strength and direction of prevailing winds, and the type of vegetation in the area. Four types of dunes can be found in the white sands dunefield.