Directions

Map of White Sands and nearby towns
White Sands National Monument is located in southern New Mexico.

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Public Transportation

There is no public transportation that currently serves the monument. Cars may be rented in Alamogordo, Las Cruces, and El Paso.
The closest airport is in El Paso, TX, about 85 miles (136.79 km) from the monument.

Fuel

The nearest gas station is located in Alamogordo, which is 15 miles (24 km) west of the monument. Las Cruces is 52 miles (84 km) from the monument. Fill up your gas/diesel tank in one of these two cities before driving to the monument.

Directions to the Monument

The visitor center and Dunes Drive is located directly off of Highway US-70 between the cities of Alamogordo and Las Cruces. The entrance to the monument can be found between mile markers 199 and 200 on Highway US-70.

From Alamogordo, NM:
Drive time: About 15 minutes
Head west on Highway US-70 towards Las Cruces. The visitor center is located about 15 miles (24 km) west of Alamogordo on the north side (right-hand side) of the road.

From Las Cruces, NM:
Drive time: About 1 hour
Head east on Highway US-70 towards Alamogordo. The visitor center is located about 52 miles (84 km) east of Las Cruces on the north side (left-hand side) of the road, one mile (1.6 km) past the Border Patrol station.

From El Paso, TX:
There are two ways to arrive at White Sands from El Paso.
Through Las Cruces:
Drive time: 1.5 hours
1) Take I-10 West towards Las Cruces. After 39 miles (62.76 km), exit onto I-25 North. Follow I-25 North for about seven miles (11.27 km) and then exit onto US-70 East towards Alamogordo. The visitor center is located about 52 miles (84 km) east of Las Cruces on the north side (left-hand side) of the road, one mile (1.6 km) past the Border Patrol station.
Through Alamogordo:
Drive time: 1.5 hours
2) Take US-54 East towards Alamogordo. After 82 miles (131.97 km), turn left onto US-70 West towards Las Cruces. The visitor center is located about 15 miles (24 km) west of Alamogordo on the north side (right-hand side) of the road.

GPS Coordinates

32° 46' 45" North, 106° 10' 19" West

For map software and directions

When using a GPS unit to find your way to White Sands, be sure to input “White Sands National Monument”. If you only enter “white sands” you may be routed to White Sands Missile Range, which is approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of the monument.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330

Phone:

(575) 479-6124
(recorded information and an option to speak with someone)

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