White Sands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Statistical Area. See also White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all of it land.