Visit the National Monument
Ripple Dunes, White Sands NM
Photo: Rob Roberts
The following links will provide you with valuable information for
your visit at the White Sands National Monument:
The monument is open daily year round.
Check here for the
Operating Hours at White Sands National Monument
Scroll down for possible park closures.
You were able to see White Sands free
of charge the weekend of July
18-19 or August 15-16, 2009. What was the occasion?
The free admission weekends was an idea
of the brilliant man Ken Salazar, 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department
of the Interior, in order to aid those of us who have to pinch pennies.
KEN LOVES YOU
Off and on, there are still free
admission days at White Sands National Monument.
Check events for the next free
Other than that, and of May 2011,
entrance fees are $3 per person (good for 7 days) and children 15 and
under are free.
Bring cash, you won't get far with
credit cards at the entrance station on the Dunes Drive.
Furthermore, the National Park Service informs:
Due to missile testing on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, it is
occasionally necessary, for visitor safety, to close the Dunes Drive for
periods of up to three hours. The park Visitor Center and Gift Shop remain
open during missile range closures. Visitors on a tight schedule should
contact the park the day before arriving to check on closures (575)
U.S. Highway 70 between White Sands National Monument and Las Cruces may
also be closed during times of missile testing. For US 70 closure
information, call (505) 678-1178.
All closures are subject to change without notice.
Check NPS website
To the best of our knowledge all information is current. If you should discover any errors, however, please
let us know via mail[at]white-sands-new-mexico.com. Thanks!