Full Moon Hike

White Sands National Monument Tours


Have you ever wanted to hike the dunes under the magical glow of the full moon? This is your chance to enjoy the peace and serenity of this unique environment and experience White Sands after dark by joining a park ranger for a guided full moon hike. Full moon hikes are offered once a month on the night before the full moon.

The Full Moon Hike follows the Dune Life Nature Trail and is rated as moderate. It requires hikers to climb two steep dunes and walk on soft sand. The trail starts down on the desert plain and is level for the first 300 yards before going up a steep slope onto the sand dunes. The trail is one mile (1.61 km) long. You must be able to hike the entire trail and the group must stay together for safety concerns. No one is permitted to leave the program early to return to the parking area by themselves.

The park offers the Full Moon Hike April through October. Reservations are required to participate in the program. For more information, visit the park's website.

2020 Full Moon Hike dates are April 7. May 6, June 4, July 3, August 2, September 1, October 1 and October 30. 

The August and September Full Moon Hikes have been cancelled.

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