White Sands National Park full moon hike is May 4


The next full moon hike at White Sands National Park (WSNP) is 7:45-9:45 p.m. Thursday, May 4, and until 11 p.m. Friday, May 5.

The hike includes a park ranger-guided tour.

The full moon hike capacity is limited. There is no waitlist for sold-out tours; however, if tickets are canceled, they will be immediately available on Recreation.gov.

Visit www.recreation.gov/ticket/253503/ticket/253 for tickets. (Click on “Sign Up / Log In” in the upper righthand corner to create an account.) Or call 1-877-444-6777.

WSNP offers full moon hikes once a month, March through November, on the night before the full moon. Tickets are available up to two months before the day of the tour.

Also available at WSNP are bicycling, you can drive the 16-mile roundtrip scenic Dunes Drive, take a Sunset Stroll (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday), hike, ride your horse, picnic, take amazing photographs, sled the dunes, participate in park ranger-led programming and learn more at the park’s visitor center.

WSNP covers almost 146,000 acres in the Tularosa Basin and more than 40 percent of the 275-square mile gypsum-crystal white sands. It was established as a national monument Jan. 18, 1933 and became a national park Dec. 20, 2019. The park had more than 780,000 visitors in 2021.

The park is located about 52 miles northeast of Las Cruces, via U.S. Highway 70 and is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (with some extended hours) every day except Christmas.

Call 575-479-6124.

Visit www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm. Visit www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/directions.htm for directions to the park. Visit www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/fees.htm for fees. Visit www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/maps.htm for an official park map. Visit www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm for permits and reservations.