White Sands

Located roughly 45 miles east of Las Cruces on U.S. Highway 70 (575) 679-2599
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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.

Directions to White Sands National Monument

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 about 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.

Hours of Operation and Season information
With the exception of Christmas Day, December 25, the monument is open daily year-round. However, hours of operation vary throughout the year.  For a complete list of 2015 opening and closing times, visit the website or download a copy.    

Unexpected Closures
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.

Special Note: 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. U.S. Highway 70/82 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed during times of missile testing. Visitors on a tight schedule are encouraged to call the day prior to arrival for information on closures.

Fees and Reservations

Entrance Fee
$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.

Interpretive Programs
The Monument offers a wide range of tours and activities for visitors of all ages.  For information about all the Monument has to offer, click here 

 

 

 

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