• 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 »


    The White Sands Balloon Committee and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both days of the Balloon Festival on Sept 20-21 at the Alamogordo Balloon Fiesta Park in Alamogordo, NM. For more information call 800-826-0294 or (575) 437-6120.

  • 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.


A Land in Motion DVD is here!

A Land in Motion captures the brilliant beauty of this ever-shifting landscape and takes you on a journey through the processes that produced this natural marvel. Experience the awe and wonder of the world's largest gypsum dunefield as the film reveals stories of the plants, animals, and people that have carved out a niche in this enchanted land hidden away in southern New Mexico.

In May 2012, A Land in Motion won the prestigious Best of Government Agencies Merit Award for Cinematography and now you can take a copy of this wonderful film home. The DVD is available for purchase through the Western National Parks Association bookstore in the visitor center or through the mail. The price of the DVD is $12.00 plus shipping.

How to Order:

You can either call us at (575) 479-6124 ext. 236 to order by phone or you can simply fill out an order form. You can then return the form to us in one of two ways:

1. Fax: Fax the completed form to us at (575) 479-1116.

2. Mail: Return the completed form to us at:

Anette Dunshee, WNPA Bookstore Manager
White Sands National Monument
P.O. Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330

Credit card numbers and other personal information are not retained after the purchase is completed. All forms will be shredded and discarded securely.

If you have any questions regarding purchasing the DVD, please contact us at (575) 479-6124 ext. 236.

Download the form.

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.