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White Sands Fast Facts

  • White Sands National Park covers a total area of 148,588 acres
  • The number of people visiting White Sands in 2019 was 608,785 (All Years)
  • White Sands was made a national park on December 20, 2019
  • The lowest elevation found in White Sands is 3,887 feet at Lake Lucero
  • The highest elevation found in White Sands is 4,116 feet at NE30, an old military facility
  • The entrance fee for White Sands is $25 per vehicle per week
  • White Sands National Park lies in the Mountain time zone

Random Facts About White Sands

  • White Sands is the newest national park in the United States, as of early 2020. It was previously designated as a national monument.
  • White Sands National Park is surrounded by the White Sands Missile Range. The park sometimes closes for short periods when the missile range is in use by the military.
  • The sand dunes the park is famous for are composed of gypsum crystals. It’s the largest area of its kind on the planet.
  • White Sands has been used as a location in dozens of films over the years, including the first two Transformers movies and numerous westerns, including Hang ’em High, starring Clint Eastwood.

Where is White Sands National Park?

White Sands National Park is located in southcentral New Mexico, with the city of Alamogordo not too far away. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico’s other national park, is a drive of over three hours to the east and south. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to White Sands.

More About White Sands

We have pages on several subjects covering Wind Cave National Park. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, and pages to buy Books. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.

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