Park Ranger Programs

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 weeekned, 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, approximately one hour before sunset. Sunset stroll is not offered on Christmas Day.
Three artists performing on the dunes

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Full Moon Night

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.

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 March through December the night before the full moon.

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. Offered November through March.

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 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.
Milky Way above a Soaptree yucca tree.

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Get Ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower

Learn more about this spectacular astronomical event.

Park Rangers interact with visitors.

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Community Events

White Sands National Park participates in several community events throughout the year.

New Mexico state shape with gold, white, and purple stripe.

19th Amendment Audio Program

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: May 20, 2023

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