• 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.

Things To Know Before You Come

Schedule of Events
We offer a variety of programs year round. For more information, download a copy of our 2014 schedule of events.

Trip Planning Information
Are you planning a trip to White Sands National Monument? Download the following brochures for more information on how to plan your visit, area attractions, and local campgrounds.

Hours of Operation
Unlike other parks, White Sands National Monument is unable to be open to the public 24 hours a day due our unique location. Surrounded by the military on all sides, our partnership with White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base dictates that we are open for specific hours throughout the year. Read more...

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...


Your Safety
Making sure that visitors have a safe, enjoyable experience is our primary concern. Please take a moment to review our tips for staying safe while visiting the monument. Read more...

Are you looking for a place to stay while you visit White Sands? Although there is no lodging available within the monument, there are plenty of places to stay in nearby Alamogordo (13 miles from the park) and Las Cruces (50 miles from the park). Read more...

Where to Eat
There is no restaurant in within the monument but the gift shop does offer packaged sandwiches, snacks, and beverages. If you're looking for something more substantial, read more...

Pets love White Sands. And why not? To them, it's full of new scents, sights, and excitement! And people love bringing their furry companions with them to the park, too. For more information on bringing your pets to the park, read on...

Goods & Services
For information on the gift shop, park bookstore, and more, read on...

Planning a visit to White Sands and want to know what to expect from old Mother Nature? Read more...

Park Regulations
To ensure that everyone enjoys the dunes in a safe manner, there are a few regulations you'll need to know. Read more...

Alcohol Regulations
Alcohol is not allowed in the park from February 1 through May 31. Find out why...


Did You Know?

Aerial photo of dunes

The white sands dunefield is an active dunefield. The dunes move from west to east as much as thirty feet per year.