• 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.

Where To Eat

There is no restaurant or café at White Sands National Monument. However, the gift shop does offer packaged sandwiches, snacks, water, and soda. If you are looking for something a bit more substantial, please check out the links below to help you in your search for local dining opportunities.

Alamogordo (13 miles east)
From Asian to American and New Mexican to Italian, Alamogordo offers a wide selection of restaurants for you to choose from. For a full listing, visit the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce website.

Las Cruces (50 miles west)
When it comes to dining out, Las Cruces has a lot of options to satisfy any craving. Visit the Las Cruces Convention & Visitor's Bureau's website for a list of some of the best places in town.

Did You Know?

Photo of sand grains

The gypsum that makes up the white sands starts out as clear, translucent sand grains. As the wind bounces the sand grains along the ground, they collide and scratch each other. The scratches change the way light reflects off the grains, making the sand appear white.