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.
Like No Place Else on Earth
Occasionally the road into the monument can close due to missile testing. Look here for the latest information.
Ever wonder what's going on this month? Monthly events range from ranger programs to kids activities.
Weather can be hard to predict in the desert. Look here to learn more about possible weather conditions when you visit.
Things To Do...
Do you want to get out and explore the monument? There are many activities to choose from including sledding and hiking.
Whether planning a field trip or wanting a ranger to visit your school, find all the information you need here.
Permits and Reservations
White Sands requires certain permits and reservations for particular activities. Look here to see if your plans may require one.
Safety should be your top concern when visiting White Sands. To make sure you see tomorrow, please plan for today.
Last updated: February 6, 2019