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. Read More

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White Sands Essentials

Interested in visiting White Sands National Park? Knowing these essentials will help you plan an incredible experience at the park.

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Understand what it takes to be safe when visiting the park.

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Ranger Programs

Throughout the year, a variety of ranger lead programs allow visitors to experience and learn about this incredible place.

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Plan your Visit

Planning ahead helps you have the best experience possible.

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Military Testing Park Closures

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

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Discover how White Sands National Park is working to provide everyone with accessible experiences at the park.

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Fossilized Footprints

Trackways in the park give us a glimpse into the lives of ice age animals and the people that lived alongside them in the Tularosa Basin.

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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.

Last updated: July 18, 2024

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PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330


575 479-6124

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