Operating Hours & Seasons

White sand dune with ripples in the foreground and grasses in the background.
Make sure you give yourself ample time to really enjoy everything the monument has to offer including amazing sunsets.

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White Sands National Monument is open daily year-round except for December 25, Christmas Day. Hours of operation vary throughout the year. Below is the detailed listing of the monument and visitor center opening and closing hours for the current year.

Unexpected Closures

During the winter and occasionally throughout the year, the monument may unexpectedly close due to unsafe road or extreme weather conditions. As a result, this website may not contain the most current and up-to-date closure information. Monument staff will do their best to notify the public of closures via other available means. In case of unexpected closures, the information will be made available, in order of priority, in the following media:

  1. Local radio stations KUPR-FM 91.7 and KRWG-FM 90.7
  2. White Sands National Monument Facebook and Twitter pages
  3. New Mexico Department of Transportation Road Conditions

Monument Closures for Missile Tests

Due to missile testing on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, it is occasionally necessary for visitor safety to close the road into the monument for periods of up to three hours. U.S. Highway 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed during times of missile testing. Visitors on a tight schedule are encouraged to call the monument at 575-479-6124 ext. 236 the day before arrival to confirm hours of operation.

 

2017 Opening and Closing Times

Monument Gates

**Dunes Drive opens at 7:00 a.m. daily except on days when there is a monument closure.

Dates:

Visitors Must Enter Before:

Visitors Must Exit Before:

January 1 –February 18

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

February 19 –March 11

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

March 12 –April 22

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

April 23 –May 27

7:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

May 28 –September 2

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

September 3 –October 7

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

October 8 –November 4

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

November 5 –December 24

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

**December 25**

CLOSED

CLOSED

December 26 –December 31

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


Visitor Center

Dates:

Visitor Center Opens:

Visitor Center Closes:

January 1

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

January 2 –March 11

9:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

March 12 –May 14

9:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

May 15 –September 10

8:00 a.m.

7:00 p.m.

September 11 –November 4

9:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

November 5 –December 16

9:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

December 17 –December 24

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

**December 25**

CLOSED

CLOSED

December 26 –December 31

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330

Phone:

(575) 479-6124

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