Park Ranger Programs

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 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 on the dunefield.

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Sunset Stroll

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.
Visitors hiking on the dunes with a full moon rising on the background.

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Full Moon Hike

Hike the dunes under the glow of the full moon. Full moon hikes are offered May through October the night before the full moon.

Three artists performing on the dunes

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Full Moon Night

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.

Selenite crystal with three visitors on the background.

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Lake Lucero Tour

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.

Sunrise on the dunefield.

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Sunrise Arts
The dunefield is a artist's paradise offering shifting shadows and textures in the early morning light. Join a ranger for an art excursion into the dunes. This program is geared toward amateur photographers, painters, drawers and is offered twice a year.
White sheet with adults and children looking at moths

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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.
Milky Way above a Soaptree yucca tree.

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Perseids Meteor Shower Watching Party

Join us to watch this year's Perseid Meteor Shower this August 12. Although we will be battling a bright moon, we will attempt to watch the year's most active meteor shower.

Park Ranger entering a bus.

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Commercial Bus Tour

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.

Park Rangers interact with visitors.

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Community Events

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.

Last updated: July 24, 2019

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