Ranger programs are the perfect way to learn more about White Sands National Monument 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 Sunrise Photography and Full Moon Bike Rides are offered only twice a year. There is something for everyone, and we hope to see you on a ranger program soon.
Are you bringing a commercial bus tour group to White Sands? Find all the information you will need to plan your tour of Dunes Drive. Request a ranger for a step-on program.
White Sands National Monument participates in several community events throughout the year. These events vary from the Alamogordo Earth Day Celebration to the Las Cruces Gem and Mineral Show.
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Dunes Drive under the light of the moon. This family-friendly event is offered two times per year. No automobiles are allowed on Dunes Drive during the event.
Hike the dunes under the glow of the full moon. Full moon hikes are offered May through October the night before the full moon.
Enjoy a moonlit evening with live music, ranger programs, or special guest presenters and artists. Full Moon Nights share the cultural legacy of southern New Mexico and northern Mexico, as well as the rich natural resources of White Sands National Monument. Programs are offered on the night of the full moon from May through October.
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.
Home to more than 40 unique, endemic species of moths, White Sands National Monument 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. Join local moth expert Eric Metzler and monument staff for this family friendly event as we spend an evening celebrating the uniqueness of White Sand’s ecology.
Have fun listening to a ranger read a book and then do a fun activity afterwards! A ranger will meet you in the courtyard of the visitor center and read a short children’s book that tells the story of an important piece of the monument. After the book, you will then join the ranger in doing an activity that can range from a short walk looking at bat houses to making buttons.
Skins and Skulls
Join a ranger in the visitor center courtyard for a 20-minute talk about the amazing animals of White Sands. Rangers will have pelts, skulls, and other props to provide you an up-close look and feel of the elusive wildlife of White Sands.
Humans have inhabited the Tularosa Basin for more than 10,000 years. Step Through Time programs celebrate the stories left behind by those who came before us. Programs include art shows, living history programs, ranger programs, and guest lectures.
The dunefield is a photographer's paradise offering shifting shadows and textures in the early morning light. Join a ranger for a photographic excursion into the dunes. This program is geared toward amateur photographers and is offered twice a year.
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 daily, except Christmas Day, approximately one hour before sunset.
Last updated: June 8, 2017