Considering White Sands National Monument
Located roughly 45 miles east of Las Cruces on U.S. Highway 70
Located roughly 45 miles east of Las Cruces on U.S. Highway 70
White Sands National Monument protects the world’s largest gypsum dune-field, and the unique plants and animals that survive in this other-worldly place. Between White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base, the magnificent pure white dunes provide excellent recreation opportunities; visitors can picnic, “white sand surf” or just stroll through a portion of the 275 square-mile national monument. Additionally, the monument offers tours and activities such as the Sunset Stroll Nature Walk, full moon night programs, special events, and tours of Lake Lucero.
Watch a video from New Mexico True Television about White Sands
From Las Cruces, NM: Drive time: About 1 hour
Take Highway US-70 east over the Organ Mountains towards Alamogordo. The monument and visitor center are located about 52 miles (84 km) east of Las Cruces on the north side (left-hand side) of the highway, approximately one mile past the Border Patrol checkpoint station. If you are not an American citizen, you will need to have your passport with you to get past the checkpoint.
From El Paso, TX: Through Las Cruces: Drive time: 2 hours
Take I-10 West towards Las Cruces. After 39 miles, take exit on to I-25 North. Follow I-25 North for about 7 miles and then exit onto US-70 East towards Alamogordo. Take Highway US-70 east over the Organ Mountains towards Alamogordo. The monument and visitor center are located about 52 miles (84 km) east of Las Cruces on the north side (left-hand side) of the highway, approximately one mile past the Border Patrol checkpoint station. If you are not an American citizen, you will need to have your passport with you to get past the checkpoint.
Monument operating hours vary by season and the park is occasionally closed for periods of up to three hours due to missile tests on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range. Visitors are encouraged to call the visitor center at (575) 479-6124 ext. 236 or 206 to verify that a closure is not in effect.
The monument is open daily year round except for December 25, Christmas Day.
From time to time the park is closed due to weather or road conditions. In that event, visit the Monument’s Facebook or Twitter page for the most current information. You can also visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation Road Conditions website to find out if roads in the area are closed.
$3 per person (good for 7 days with receipt). Checks, cash, and credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Diner’s Club and JCB are accepted. Children 15 and under are free.
Entrance fees are collected at the entrance station on the Dunes Drive.
For additional information regarding weddings, photography, filing or group tours and reservations, visit the Monument’s website.
the Monument offers a wide range of tours and activities from Full Moon Hikes to guided tours. For information about all the Monument has to offer visit any of the links below.
Step Through Time
Come join a ranger for a fascinating look at our past. Topics vary. Program is presented every other month beginning in January, 2014. Learn more…
Full Moon Hike
This summer White Sands will be offering a new way to experience the monument, under the glow of the full moon. Sign up for one of these ranger-led 1-1.5 mile hikes and explore the beautiful dunes in a whole new light. Learn more…
Commercial Bus Tours
Are you bringing a commercial bus tour group to White Sands? We’ve put together some information to answer what questions you may have. Learn More…
Lake Lucero Tours
Join a ranger and learn about the formation of the sands and the special plants and animals that live in and around the dunes. Learn more…
Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day. Enjoy a leisurely one-hour ranger-guided walk through sand dunes and learn about the geology, plants, and animals of this unique area. Offered daily one hour before sunset. Learn more…
Full Moon Nights
Enjoy the beauty of the white sands under the light of the full moon and join us for our six Full Moon Nights programs offered this summer. Learn more…
Full Moon Bike Rides
Take a leisurely bike ride through the monument. No cars are allowed in the monument during the event. Learn more…
Geared towards the amateur photographer, this program is offered only twice a year. Join a ranger to catch your own images of the sun rising over the dunes on this one-hour program. Learn more…
Come join a ranger and get your hands involved in learning! For more information on this one-hour program, Learn more…
Skins and Skulls
Did you know 44 different species of mammals live at White Sands? Join rangers every Saturday and Sunday to learn more about them. Learn More….
Junior Ranger Program
Earn a Junior Ranger badge and learn about White Sands with a ranger. Learn More…
Three new exhibits will be opening at the Las Cruces Museums on Friday, February 3. Issei and Beyond: The Nakayama Family’s Journey in the Mesilla Valley and Hillsboro Faces: A Collection
Three new exhibits will be opening at the Las Cruces Museums on Friday, February 3.
Issei and Beyond: The Nakayama Family’s Journey in the Mesilla Valley and Hillsboro Faces: A Collection of Portraits open in the Branigan Cultural Center and ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection opens in the Las Cruces Museum of Art. An opening reception will be held in both museums from 5pm to 7pm.
John Kaichiro and Tome Nakayama were issei – immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century – who settled in Las Cruces in 1918. Issei and Beyond uses personal objects and images to share the story of how the Nakayama family rose above the challenges of immigration and racial discrimination to become leading farmers and chile specialists in Las Cruces. The artifacts displayed are from the family collection stewarded by Peggy Nakayama Swoveland, who is delighted to present her family’s story to the community for the first time as a full museum exhibition. Issei and Beyond will be on exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center through May 13.
Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main Street. Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm. 575-541-2154. www.las-cruces.org/museums
February 3 (Friday) 1:00 am - May 13 (Saturday) 1:00 am
Jim Rodgers’ interest in photography began at an early age using a simple Kodak camera. At age 15, he moved up to a Rolleicord twin lens reflex camera and processed
Jim Rodgers’ interest in photography began at an early age using a simple Kodak camera. At age 15, he moved up to a Rolleicord twin lens reflex camera and processed his own film, which helped develop his artistic craft. He enjoyed spending time in the museums and art galleries of his hometown of Chicago. Later, living in New York, he found inspiration at the Museum of Modern Art. He has received many awards and his photographs are part of the permanent collection of Pace University in New York City. Most of Rodgers’ images are created a short distance from where he lives.
He says, “My work is capturing the world around me. Sometimes it is a landscape or experimenting with the seldom seen, playing with light, color, time and space to create images.” He adds, “Photography is a passion and a way of expressing and communicating with others the world as I see it.”
His work will be on exhibit throughout the month of March. Every month the Doña Ana Arts Council welcomes local artists to exhibit in the El Paso Electric Gallery in the lobby of the Rio Grande Theatre. Regular exhibit hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, or to book an exhibit, call the Arts Council offices during regular working hours.
The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and is managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council. The theatre box office and Doña Ana Arts Council office are on the second floor of the theatre. Box office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to show time.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to www.riograndetheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403.
1 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 31 (Friday) 5:00 pm MST
Doña Ana Arts Council(575) 523-6403 211 N Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001
A large collection of devotional art and objects from the United Sates and Latin America, dating from 1690 to the present day, and all available for purchase. Retablos, Bultos, Santos,
A large collection of devotional art and objects from the United Sates and Latin America, dating from 1690 to the present day, and all available for purchase. Retablos, Bultos, Santos, Ex-Votos, Paintings Sculpturess, Jewelry, Crosses and Devotional Items.
Gallery Talk by Debbie Rindge, Ph.D, Art Historian “Saints and Santos” – Saturday March 25th at 11 am.
Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road Las Cruces, 575-541-0658. Open Tuesday -Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3
Exhibit through April 29, 2017
March 18 (Saturday) 10:00 am - April 29 (Saturday) 5:00 pm
MARCH 30-APRIL 2 THE ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL The festival will highlight short pieces, many original works, many written by local personalities. No reserved seating
MARCH 30-APRIL 2
THE ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
The festival will highlight short pieces, many original works,
many written by local personalities. No reserved seating
WHERE: Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main
Street | TIME: Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm
COST: $10 | INFO: 575-523-1200, lcctnm.org
(Thursday) 1:00 am