Like No Place Else on Earth

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Park preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.

Park closure sign on gate.

Park Closures

Occasionally the road into the park can close due to missile testing. Look here for the latest information.

Park entrance station.

Park Hours

White Sands National Park hours change throughout the seasons. Look here for current operating hours.

Park Ranger giving a Sunset Stroll program.

Park Ranger Programs

Ranger programs are the perfect way to learn more about White Sands National Park and the amazing diversity found here.

Today we find fossil footprints of the animals that once lived here at White Sands.

Ice Age Footprints - Dig Deeper

Today we find fossil footprints of the animals that once lived here at White Sands more than 10,000 years ago.

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Safety should be your top concern when visiting White Sands. To make sure you see tomorrow, please plan for today.

Ranger and junior ranger high fiving.

Junior Ranger

Do you want to become a Junior Ranger? The program is available for all ages and can be completed during even a short visit.

Cameras and lighting equipment on dunes.

Permits and Reservations

White Sands requires permits and reservations for some activities such as commercial filming, early entry, stay late, backcountry camping...

Visitor enjoying sledding on dune.

Plan Your Visit

Help plan your visit to White Sands.

Last updated: November 27, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330


(575) 479-6124

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