Ranger programs are the perfect way to learn more about White Sands National Park and the amazing diversity found here. Programs are offered for a variety of ages and interests. Sunset Strolls are presented every night of the year, while Lake Lucero and Full Moon guided hikes are offered multiple times a year. There is something for everyone, and we hope to see you on a ranger program soon.
Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. Enjoy a leisurely one-hour, ranger-guided walk across sand dunes and learn about the geology, plants, and animals of this unique area. Offered every day, except Christmas Day, approximately one hour before sunset.
Enjoy a moonlit evening as White Sands National Park extends is closing time. Offered on the night of the full moon from May through October.
Hike the dunes under the glow of the full moon. Full moon hikes are offered April through November the night before the full moon.
Have you ever wondered how the white sands formed? Take a tour to Lake Lucero, often called the birth place of the dunes, and learn about the natural forces that created and help sustain the world's largest gypsum dunefield. Offered October through March.
Home to more than 40 unique, endemic species of moths, White Sands National Park continues to be a place of exciting scientific discovery. Mothapalooza is our annual community exploration of the diversity and entomologic research conducted in White Sands’ dunefield. All Mothapalooza events are available online.
Learn more about this spectacular astronomical event.
White Sands National Park participates in several community events throughout the year.
On February 21, 1920, New Mexico voted to ratify the 19th Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states (including New Mexico) ratified the amendment, ensuring that all across the country the right to vote could not be denied based on sex. In honor of the 100th year anniversary join us for a three part audio program on the 19th Amendment.
Last updated: September 7, 2021