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 »
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?
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.