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 »
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Park Closures and Missile Testing
White Sands National Monument is surrounded by military neighbors on all sides. From time to time, White Sands Missile Range will perform missile tests that require us to close the Dune's Drive for their duration in order to ensure visitor safety. Some of these tests will even close Highway 70 down as well. Read more...
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Did You Know?
Most desert animals are nocturnal, coming out to feed only at night when temperatures are cooler. Every animal in the white sands makes tracks on the dunes as it moves, leaving clues to its nocturnal activities.