Hiking under the moonlight: White Sands announces 2024 schedule

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) –  White Sands National Park will host nine ranger-guided Moonlight Hikes between March and November 2024. These programs allow visitors to enjoy the peace and serenity of this elusive environment after dark and experience the stories and resources the park offers.

Previously known as Full Moon Hikes, the Moonlight Hike better describes visitors’ unique opportunity to experience the dunes at night as the moonlight reflects off the bright, white gypsum sand.

2024 Moonlight Hike schedule below.

Monday March 25 at 7:30 pm                       Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 pm                     Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 pm

Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 pm                          Tuesday, August 20 at 8:15 pm

Wednesday, September 18 at 7:15 pm           Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00 pm

Saturday, November 16 at 5:00 pm

Tickets are required for the Moonlight Hike program and must be purchased through Recreation.gov. Tour fees apply and will be charged by recreation.gov. Park entrance fees also apply and will be set at the park.

Tickets become available two months before the tour day at 8:00 am Mountain Time (e.g., for a tour on March 25, tickets will be on sale at 8:00 am MT on January 25). Participant capacity for Moonlight Hikes is limited, and tickets often sell out within minutes. There is no waitlist for sold-out tours.

For more information on the Moonlight Hike programs, visit the park website at: https://www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/moonlight-hike.htm

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