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Vast Dune Field at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Vast Dune Field at White Sands, NM
Photo: Yvette Lacroix
 

What's happening at and around White Sands National Monument?

Almost every last Saturday of the month you can join a ranger guided Tour to Lake Lucero, the origin of White Sands. Here is more info on Lake Lucero.

You can join the White Sands Sunset Stroll Nature Walks daily. See below for details.

The NPS provides you with a nifty print-out that lists the special events of 2013 at White Sands.


Please note that schedules are subject to change. Activities may be cancelled due to weather or missile range activities. For information call 575-479-6124 ext. 236.
 

 

Event:
White Sands Sunset Strolls

Where:
White Sands, New Mexico

Event dates:
Daily (there are exceptions) one hour before sunset.
Call the monument to confirm 575-679-2599 ext 236

Description:
The Sunset Strolls focus on the plants, animals, and geology of the dune field. A great opportunity for photographing the dunes at sunset.

Nature Walks begin at the "Sunset Stroll" sign along the Dunes Drive, about 5 miles from Visitor Center.

More info:
+ NPS.gov

 

 

Event:
Map Talks

Where:
White Sands, New Mexico

Event dates:
Every Saturday and Sunday at 1.30 pm


Description:
Join a ranger in the visitor center courtyard to have your questions answered and pick up tips for enjoying your stay at White Sands national Monument.

Program is free.

More info:
+ NPS.gov

 

 

Event:
Skins & Skulls

Where:
White Sands, New Mexico

Event dates:
Offered daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends the rest of the year.

Program starts at 3:00 pm.

Description:
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.

Program is free.

More info:
+ NPS.gov

 

 

Event:
Crafty Kids

Where:
White Sands, New Mexico

Event dates:
Offered every Sunday at 2 pm.

Description:
Kids, make a take home craft!

More info:
+ NPS.gov

 

 

Event:
Hike Smart!

Where:
White Sands, New Mexico

Event dates:
Offered Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Program starts at 5:00 pm.

Description:
Bring the whole family and join a ranger to learn orienteering and more.

More info:
+ NPS.gov

 

 

 

Event:
Lake Lucero Tour

Where:
White Sands, New Mexico

Event dates:
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 9 am

Description:
Hike with a ranger to the source of the sands and learn about the formation of the dunes.

A three-hour trip to the gypsum crystal beds of Lake Lucero.

Reservations required. Special fees apply: $3 per adult, $1.50 per person for 15 and under.

More info:
+ NPS.gov

 

 

Event:
23rd Annual White Sands Balloon Invitational

Where:
White Sands / Alamogordo, New Mexico

Event dates:
Saturday - Sunday, September ?, 2014


Description:
Launch time is 7:00 am on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Launch will be from various sites in Alamogordo and also at the White Sands National Monument.


More info:
+ Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce

+ Photos, info, and recap of the Hot Air Balloon Invitational in previous years

 

 

Event:
Lake Lucero Tour

Where:
White Sands, New Mexico

Event dates:
Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10 am

Description:
Hike with a ranger to the source of the sands and learn about the formation of the dunes.

A three-hour trip to the gypsum crystal beds of Lake Lucero.

Reservations required. Special fees apply: $3 per adult, $1.50 per person for 15 and under.

More info:
+ NPS.gov

 

 

Event:
Lake Lucero Tour

Where:
White Sands, New Mexico

Event dates:
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10 am

Description:
Hike with a ranger to the source of the sands and learn about the formation of the dunes.

A three-hour trip to the gypsum crystal beds of Lake Lucero.

Reservations required. Special fees apply: $3 per adult, $1.50 per person for 15 and under.

More info:
+ NPS.gov

 

 

Event:
Bataan Memorial Death March

Where:
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

Event dates:
March ?, 2015

Description:
Choose between two routes, 26.2 miles or 15.2 miles. The 25th annual Bataan Memorial Death March is conducted in honor of the World War II veterans who defended the Philippine Islands.

Reservations required.

More info:
+ Military at White Sands / Bataan

Online registration and everything:
+ Bataanmarch.com

 

 

Event:
Trinity Site Tour

Where:
Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

Event dates:
Saturday, April 4, 201
5
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m

Note: Due to current fiscal constraints within the Department of Defense, WSMR must reduce the frequency of the Trinity Site Open House from twice to once a year. The site will now only be open annually on the first Saturday of April.

Admission:
There is no admission fee for this event.

Description:
Visit the spot where in 1945 the first atomic bomb exploded. This is more of an open house day rather than a guided tour. There are no ceremonies or speakers at the site.

How to get there:
You can enter the Range through the Stallion Range Center gate, which is located five miles south of U.S. Highway 380, off of Interstate 25 at the San Antonio, N.M. exit.

From Las Cruces, take I-25 north and get off at the San Antonio exit. The exit is about 12 miles south of Socorro.

The Stallion gate is open during each open house from 8 am to 2 pm. At the gate, visitors will receive literature about Trinity Site, and will be allowed to drive without military escort the final 17 miles to Trinity Site. The road is paved and will be marked.

Alternatively, you can join the caravan organized by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. The caravan forms at the Tularosa High School football field parking lot in Tularosa. The line-up starts at 7 am and leaves promptly at 8 am. It is an 85-mile drive to the site from Tularosa, and there are no services on the route or at the site. The caravan is led by White Sands personnel once it gets onto the missile range. It is scheduled to leave for the return trip between 12.30 and 1 pm.

All adults must show a photo ID when entering the missile range. All vehicles are subject to search and should be carrying proof of insurance and current registration papers. Weapons are prohibited on White Sands Missile Range land.

Food and souvenirs are sold at the site.



More info:
+ Trinity Site

+ White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office (575) 678-1134

+ White Sands Missile Range Web Site

+ Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce contact number (575) 437-6120

If you wish to take the bus to Trinity Site, call this number for bus ticket price and more info.

 

 

 

 

 


 

To the best of our knowledge all information is current.

If you know of an event that should be listed here, please drop us a mail.

If you should discover any errors, however, please let us know via mail[at]white-sands-new-mexico.com. Thanks!

 

 

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