• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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 hiker on the dunes

Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.