Sunset Stroll

Visitors hiking through the interdunal area of the Sunset Stroll
Going out in to the dunes with a ranger gives you the chance to ask all the questions you may have and learn about fun and exciting things at the same time.

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The Sunset Stroll is a leisurely, ranger-guided stroll through the gypsum sand dunes. It is a splendid opportunity to experience the dunes first-hand while learning about the uniqueness of our geology, plants, and animals. As an added bonus, the stroll is timed to end at sunset, providing a panoramic view of the sun setting over the mountains and the potential for some breath-taking photographic opportunities.


Sunset strolls are offered daily approximately one hour before sunset. See schedule at bottom of the page for sunset stroll start times throughout the year.


Reservations are not required or permitted.


Meet near the sunset stroll sign parking area, a 5-mile (8.05 km) drive from the fee station.


Program is free. Park entrance fees apply.

Program length

45 minutes to one hour


The sunset stroll is an easy to moderate hike. The hike is approximately one mile (1.6 km) in length, and it is conducted at a leisurely pace with stops along the path. The stroll does not require much climbing; however, it does lead visitors off-road, across, and over the sand.


The sunset stroll does not require much climbing; however, it does lead visitors off-road, across and over the sand. As a result, it is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Accommodations to visitors with special needs will be made as best as possible, but the stroll may require ascending and descending a few gradual dune slopes.

Service animals are allowed at all park facilities open to the general public.


No toilets are available at the sunset stroll meeting area or along the sunset stroll path.


Seating is not available on the sunset stroll; however, you may sit on the ground at any time during the program if you wish.


Pets are allowed as long as they are non-disruptive, on a leash no longer than six feet (2 m), and under physical control at all times. Pets, like humans, should leave only footprints. Pick up after your pet(s) and Leave No Trace.

Programs may be canceled due to weather or missile range activities

Weather at the park can vary drastically and change quickly. The decision to cancel a program due to weather is rarely made more than 30 minutes before the program start time. Call the park at 575-479-6124 ext. 236 if you would like to confirm that a program is still scheduled. If the program is canceled, it will not be re-scheduled.

Safety Information

Be prepared for warm and sunny afternoon temperatures. Bring a hat and wear sunglasses. The sand reflects the sun so apply sunscreen to all exposed areas even in winter. Wear loose, light-colored clothing to help keep your body cooler, and bring one liter of water per person for the sunset stroll. Bring a jacket for the cooler evening;as the sun goes down so does the temperature.

2020 Sunset Stroll Schedule

*Schedules are subject to change. Activities may be cancelled.
Dates Sunset Program Time
November 4 – January 11, 2020 5:09 – 5:16 4:00 - 5:00 pm
January 12 - February 8 5:17 – 5:43 4:30 - 5:30 pm
February 9 - March 7 5:43 – 6:06 5:00 - 6:00 pm
March 8 – March 28 7:07 – 7:21 6:00 - 7:00 pm
March 29 – May 2 7:22 – 7:47 6:30 - 7:30 pm
May 3 – August 8 7:47 – 7:55 7:00 - 8:00 pm
August 9 – September 5 7:54 – 7:22 6:30 - 7:30 pm
September 6 – October 3 7:20 – 6:44 6:00 - 7:00 pm
October 4 – October 31 6:43 – 6:12 5:30 - 6:30 pm
November 1 – December 24 5:11 – 5:08 4:00 - 5:00 pm
December 25 *** No Program ***
December 26 - December 31 5:08 – 5:08 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Last updated: June 29, 2020

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PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330


(575) 479-6124

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