Commercial Bus Tour

Park Ranger in front of a bronze colored commercial bus.
If your tour is on a tight timeline consider asking for a step on ranger. The tours with a ranger are specifically timed so that you are back to the visitor center in one hour.

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Are you a commercial tour bus operator looking for a ranger to join you tour of White Sands National monument? If so, you've found the information that will be needed to reserve a ranger for your tour.

The 16-mile (25.75 km) round trip Dunes Drive is suitable for both coaches and buses. A minimum of two hours is recommended for commercial tours. This will give your guests ample time to stop at the visitor center, watch the 17-minute orientation video, and allow them an opportunity to get out and enjoy the dunes.See the additional information below to request a ranger for a one-hour step-on program and tour bus fees.

Step-on Guides

Park rangers may be available to serve as step-on guides and can be reserved for a one-hour on-board presentation. There is no additional fee for this one-hour program;however, additional fees do apply for programs longer than one hour. If you would like a step-on guide, please make your reservation up to six months in advance and no later than two weeks in advance of the tour date.

Step-on guides are only available between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Once your reservation has been made, contact the monument one to two weeks before your tour to see if a ranger has been assigned to your tour. Staffing shortages may not allow us to fulfill all requests. For more information, contact the commercial bus tour coordinator at (575) 479-6124, ext. 232.

Download the Step-on Guide Request Form.

Email the completed form to

Please keep in mind:

  • If requesting a ranger, the start time you request should not be the time you plan to arrive at the monument but the time you would like the ranger to start the tour. For example, if you expect to arrive at the monument at 10:00 a.m., but don't want the ranger to start the tour until 10:30 a.m., request 10:30 a.m. as your start time.
  • If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late for the start of your tour, please call to let us know. Due to scheduling issues, we will not be able to provide a step-on guide if you show up 15 minutes or later from your scheduled time. Please be punctual.
  • Payment of the entrance fees should be made at the fee station on the way into the monument. Checks should be made out to "National Park Service."
  • Federal passes such as the America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, and Access passes are not valid for commercial tours.


Commercial bus or van tours are charged a set fee based upon the capacity of the vehicle and not on the number of passengers. The fees are as follows:

Seating Capacity Fees

1 to 6 seats $25
7 to 25 seats $40
26 or more seats $100

Last updated: May 15, 2019

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330


(575) 479-6124

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