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 Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.

Monument closure sign on gate.

Monument Closures

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

Monument entrance station.

Monument Hours

White Sands National Monument 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 Monument and the amazing diversity found here.

Visitor enjoying sledding on dune.

Plan Your Visit...

Where to begin? This "Plan Your Visit" section has all kinds of helpful information, including basic information on the monument.

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

Children sitting on benches in courtyard.


Whether planning a field trip or wanting a ranger to visit your school, find all the information you need here.

Cameras and lighting equipment on dunes.

Permits and Reservations

White Sands requires certain permits and reservations for particular activities. Look here to see if your plans may require one.

Last updated: October 31, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330


(575) 479-6124

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