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Full moon at White Sands National Monument

Back in 2012, our dear friend Charlotte asked me to join her and her daughter to listen to ghost stories at White Sands National Monument during one of their full moon programs. It was a wonderful experience watching the sunset on the dunes. In true Charlotte fashion she packed a picnic fit for royalty.

As the temperatures go up in NM, attending one of these programs allows you time to play when the mercury is not ready to bust out of the glass. Full moon nights are offered on the night of the full moon from May through October.

If you are looking for a road trip check out the dates below.

What you need to know:


Reservations are not require.


Full moon night programs are held in the amphitheater (Evening Program Area), which is a 7-mile (11.27 km) drive from the fee station.


Program is free. Monument entrance fees apply.

Program length:

One to two hours.

Monday, June 17 at 8:30 p.m. - 1st Armored Division Old Ironsides Band Enjoy the sounds of the 1st Armored Division's concert band as they play a selection of concert favorites under the full moon.

Tuesday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m. - Program to be determined

Thursday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m. - Iron Will - 1st Armored Division Old Ironsides Band Iron Will is the 1st Armored Division Band’s up-beat popular music group. The group will have you dancing and singing along with their selections spanning R&B, Pop, Classic/Alternative Rock, and much more. Iron Will has performed across Southwestern Texas and abroad, entertaining deployed troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Join Iron Will and its innovative style and boundless energy under a moon-filled night.

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m .- Activity to be determined

Sunday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. - Randy Granger In celebration of New Mexico's first Indigenous Peoples Day, Native American Flutist Randy Granger will fill the moonlit night with his unique blend of instruments, interpretation of traditional melodies, and heartfelt music. Join this native New Mexican for a relaxing summer evening.

*Schedule is subject to change. Activities may be cancelled. Parking opens one hour before program start time.


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