A serene and beautiful place that has touched many hearts, White Sands National Monument is truly the perfect resting place for your loved one. If you wish to have your loved one memorialized by scattering their ashes on the glistening white sand, we are here to assist you.
Scattering of Ashes Permit Terms and Conditions:
A permit is required for scattering of human ashes from cremation and is allowed at White Sands National Monument pursuant to the following terms and conditions:
Missile TestsMissile tests are scheduled anytime from one month to one day in advance and are subject to change, cancellation, or extension at any time. We recommend you call the monument two weeks prior to your memorial, as well as both the day before and the day of your memorial to ensure that there are no missile-test closures planned during your memorial. In case of missile-test interference, the monument will work with you to reschedule your memorial.
How to Apply for a Scattering of Ashes Permit1. Complete and submit the special use permit application. The application must be received by the monument no less than 14 working days prior to the start of the event.
If you choose to have a memorial service or honor guard with the scattering of ashes, your application must contain detailed information about the memorial, such as the expected number of guests and if you will be having music, artificial flowers, candles, tents, awnings, chairs, etc. Large memorials may require you to provide port-a-potties and trash receptacles for your event. The more information you include on the initial application, the faster your request will be processed. The permit is valid only for the date of your memorial.
2. Read, sign, and return with application the General Permit Conditions.
3. Submit the completed special use permit application and general conditions by appointment or via mail.
If sending application via mail, send to:
Special Park Uses
White Sands National Monument
PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330
To submit application via appointment, email the Special Use Permit Coordinator and write in the subject line “appointment.”
4. Once received, most applications for permits requests will be processed within fourteen working days.
Requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require a minimum of 30 working days to process. Projects that require environmental or cultural resource evaluation must be submitted no less than 90 days before the start of proposed activity(ies).
5. After your scattering of ashes permit application is reviewed, you may be contacted to provide additional information or to discuss the details of your permit if the permit cannot be approved with the information provided.
6. After favorable review of your application, your permit will be mailed to you or you may picked it up in person at the monument by appointment with the Special Parks Uses Permit Coordinator. To make an appointment, email the Special Use Permit Coordinator and write in the subject line “appointment.”
If You Have Additional Questions...Please contact the Special Park Uses Coordinator. Please write “scattering of ashes permit ” in the subject line.
Last updated: December 26, 2019