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 »
New Monument Hours
White Sands National Monument will open at 8 a.m. and close approximately one hour after sunset from September 3 through December 31, 2013. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the monument will open at 9 a.m. and close approximately 1 hour after sunset. More »
Road Work in the Monument
From Oct. 1 until further notice, a paving project will affect Dunes Drive and the visitor center and gift shop parking lots. Please be alert for changes in traffic patterns and potential traffic delays along Dunes Drive. We appreciate your flexibility.
Closed on Christmas Day
The monument, including Dunes Drive and the visitor center, will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Do not stop on the roadway; pull off the road into an established parking area before stopping.
The gypsum-surfaced portion of the dunes drive can be slick when wet--drive carefully.
Pedestrians in picnic areas should be careful of heavy traffic. WATCH YOUR CHILDREN.
Do not tunnel into sand dunes. Tunnels collapse easily and can cause suffocation. Sand sledding can cause injuries--be careful. Never sand surf near the road.
It is easy to become disoriented when hiking in the dunes. Do not hike alone. When hiking off-trail, take a map and compass and orient youself to surrounding landmarks. Take plenty of water--one gallon per person is recommended.
The white sands reflect sunlight. Use sunblock to cover all areas of exposed skin. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Did You Know?
The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."