White Sands National Park 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 park and visitor center opening and closing hours for the current year.
During the winter and occasionally throughout the year, the park 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. Park 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:
Park 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 park 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 check the park closure web page the day before arrival to confirm hours of operation.