White Sands National Monument strives to make the monument inviting and accessible to all visitors. We offer several services for those with mobility impairments as well as those who are hearing or visually impaired.
Access PassThe Access Pass grants lifetime admission and other discounts to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with documentation of permanent disability. This pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees, and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.
For those with mobility impairment, the visitor center and gift shop are all wheelchair accessible. In the museum, all exhibits are accessibility compliant, being the correct height and width to accommodate wheelchairs.
Service animals are allowed in all facilities and on all trails unless an area has been closed by the superintendent to protect park resources.
Definition of Service Animal
The 2010 revision to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a "service animal" as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
Open Captioned Orientation FilmThe visitor center orientation film has open captions. These captions are not turned on or off so every film showing will have them present.
The visitor center exhibits as well as orientation film are audio described in English and Spanish. The audio description for the exhibits operates through Orpheo guides that can be checked out at the visitor center information desk. If you would like to have the orientation film be audio described please ask a ranger at the visitor center information desk to start a showing with the audio description.
Large Print English and Spanish Monument Brochure and MapOffered in English and Spanish, the large print brochure assists visitors who may have difficulty reading the small print on the monument brochure. You may pick up the large print brochure at the visitor center or download a PDF of this file in English or Spanish.
Braille Brochure BRFThis Braille version of our park brochure provides basic information on the park including history, rules, and things to do. This brochure contains information in both English and Spanish. It is in BRF format and can be used with common braille reading devices or braille printers.
Assistive Listening DeviceAssistive listening devices assist visitors during ranger programs that may have difficulty hearing the ranger due to a hearing impairment or loud environmental noises. If you would like to have this service available please contact the monument two weeks prior to your visit and let us know which program you plan on attending so we can have this service available to you.
Last updated: June 8, 2017