White Sands National Monument wants to help visitors stay safe during their visits. By following the regulations below everyone can have a safe visit to the monument.
Alcohol ProhibitionAlcohol consumption and/or the possession of alcoholic beverages or receptacles used to store alcoholic beverages are prohibited within the monument from February 1st through May 31st for the purpose of protecting visitor safety during the busy spring season (WSNM Superintendent’s Compendium §2.35).
New Mexico state laws also apply.
Collection of Plants and AnimalsHelp preserve the history and significance of our monument! Please remember the removal of any of our natural or cultural resources is prohibited. Resources include but are not limited to: paleontological, archeological and Native American artifacts, as well as gypsum sand and selenite crystals (36 CFR 2.1 &. WSNM Superintendent’s Compendium § 2.1).
DronesLaunching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft, such as a drone, within White Sands National Monument is prohibited. See WSNM Superintendent’s Compendium §1.5 G for additional information. Unauthorized aircraft activity within the monument also violates military airspace and potentially creates safety hazards to military operations.
FirearmsAs of February 22, 2010, a new federal law was instated, allowing people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit New Mexico's state home page.
Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms in designated federal facilities including the visitor center, administration building, entrance station, gift shops including concession-operated gift shops, and maintenance buildings (§2.4 WSNM Superintendent’s Compendium).
FireworksDue to potential damage to our resources; all use and/or possession of fireworks, including but not limited to firecrackers, is prohibited (36 CFR §2.38).
Metal DetectorsThe use of metal detectors within the monument is also prohibited under federal regulation 36 CFR 2.1. White Sands is surrounded by an active missile range and metal objects found in the sand have the potential to be unexploded ordinance.
Traffic RegulationsSpeed limits are posted and strictly enforced. Driving off the established roadways and parking areas is not permitted. Please park only in established parking areas. Refer to 36 CFR §4.1-4.31 for additional information.
Transporting Plants and AnimalsIntroducing wildlife, fish, or plants, including their reproductive bodies, into the park ecosystems is prohibited (36 CFR §2.1). This is to ensure invasive species do not damage the existing resources. Examples include Christmas trees and firewood.
Last updated: March 20, 2017