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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

All the most common answers for your first visit to White Sands National Park.

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Park Closures

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

Visitors enjoying a ranger program.

Ranger Programs

Through the year many ranger lead programs are offered. For a complete list of those programs look no further.

Visitor enjoying sledding on dune.

Plan Your Visit

Help plan your visit to White Sands.

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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.

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Permits and Reservations

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

Last updated: April 26, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330


575 479-6124

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