Closures and Missile Tests
Upcoming Missile Tests: From time to time the missile range that surrounds us performs missile testing that may require the closure of the park or Highway 70. Please follow the link below for up to date information on closures More »
Summer Monument Hours
The monument currently opens at 7 a.m. and closes roughly 1 hour after sunset. More »
Road Safety Corridor
The first four miles of Dunes Drive is a road safety corridor. Slowing or stopping in the corridor is prohibited. Dune Life Nature and Playa trails are also temporarily closed. The staff of White Sands National Monument apologizes for the inconvenience.
Be A VIP!
By Sandra Noll, VIP
Do you enjoy travel, exploring, learning, connecting with special places? Do you have hobbies you’d like to pursue in a new setting, like photography, hiking or stargazing? Do you enjoy meeting new people from around the world and sharing the wonders of our National Parks with them? If your
For the past five years, my partner and I have served as volunteers in National Parks and other nature-related sites from Alaska to the Texas Gulf Coast. Although we like a nomadic lifestyle, live in an RV and generally volunteer for 3-month intervals, that sort of commitment isn’t required. You don’t even need to have an RV - many parks provide housing for volunteers. Or if you’d rather stay close to home and volunteer one day/week or for a short term, your time and contributions would be valued. There are a wide variety of opportunities for VIP’s!
Here at the White Sands, for instance, "RV-resident" volunteers are scheduled to work about 32 hours per week which includes time for planning and projects. Some of us join rangers and "local/day"
How great is that? It is my "job" to explore all corners of the park and learn as much as I can about this unique place. Then I get to share its special features with visitors from all over the US and the world. Plus, I can build on my hobbies in photography and writing to work with rangers on publications and programs. Best of all, I have time to explore the many nuances of White Sands and this fascinating part of the Southwest.
Want VIP status? Ask for more information at the visitor center!
Did You Know?
The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."