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. Monument entrance fees apply.
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 monument 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.
Space is limited. Please be considerate of other park visitors. Contact us to inquire about a large group reservation.
Programs may be canceled due to weather or missile range activities
Weather at the monument 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 monument 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.
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.
2016/2017 Sunset Stroll Schedule
|November 6 – January 6, 2017||5:10 – 5:12||4:00 pm|
|January 7 - 20||5:15 – 5:26||4:15 pm|
|January 21– February 3||5:27 – 5:40||4:30 pm|
|February 4 – February 17||5:41 – 5:52||4:45 pm|
|February 18 - March 11||5:53 – 6:10||5:00 pm|
|March 12 – March 31||7:11 – 7:24||6:15 pm|
|April 1 – April 21||7:25 – 7:39||6:30 pm|
|April 22 – May 12||7:40 – 7:55||6:45 pm|
|May 13 – August 6||7:55 –7:58||7:00 pm|
|August 7 – 20||7:57 – 7:44||6:45 pm|
|August 21 – September 3||7:43 – 7:26||6:30 pm|
|September 4 – September 17||7:25 – 7:08||6:15 pm|
|September 18 – September24||7:06 – 6:58||6:00 pm|
|September 25 – October 8||6:57 – 6:40||5:45 pm|
|October 9 – October 22||6:39 – 6:23||5:30 pm|
|October 23 – November 4||6:22 – 6:11||5:15 pm|
|November 5 – January 5, 2018||5:10 – 5:12||4:00 pm|