The Bureau of Land Management this weekend will permanently close the north entrance to the White Sands Campground in the Little Sahara Recreation area, officials say.

"The closure is to reduce congestion, dust and vandalism and to increase security for those camping at White Sands," said Rex Rowley, BLM resource area manager.People wishing to camp at White Sands will have to pay their fees at the visitor center station and use a new road to the campground, about a half mile from the visitor center, Rowley said.

BLM crews are removing the White Sands pay station, which was recently vandalized.