Pets love White Sands! To them, it's full of new scents, sights, cool, soft sand, and excitement! You'll love bringing your furry companions with you to the park, too.as long as they are non-disruptive, on a leash no longer than six feet, and are under physical control at all times.
We ask you to follow these simple rules for everyone's enjoyment and safety:
Pick up after your pet.
For your added convenience, White Sands National Park has two designated pet walking stations complete with pet poop pick-up bags to help facilitate with the removal of pet excrement. Both are located outside the visitor center;one is adjacent to the women's restroom and the other is behind the picnic tables.
Keep pets on a leash.
Give pets plenty of water.
Do not bring pets inside the visitor center.
Do not leave pets unattended, especially in vehicles.
Temperatures at White Sands National Park can reach extreme highs. Pets should never be left alone inside your vehicle. Within just ten minutes, the inside vehicle temperature will become 25 degrees warmer than the outside temperature. Within 30 minutes, inside temperatures can rise over 30 degrees. Pets left unattended in hot vehicles have suffered severe organ damage or even death.
The chart below shows how quickly the inside of your vehicle heats up:
Service animals are allowed in all facilities and on all trails unless an area has been closed by the superintendent to protect park resources.
Definition of Service Animal
The 2010 revision to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a "service animal" as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
Dogs which are not trained to perform tasks to mitigate the effects of a disability, including dogs used purely to provide comfort or emotional support ("therapy animals"), are considered pets.
Falsely portraying a pet as a service animal is considered fraud and is subject to federal prosecution.
Last updated: December 30, 2019