• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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.


Volunteer leading the Sunset Stroll
Volunteer leading the Sunset Stroll
NPS Photo

Become a VIP (Volunteer-in-Parks)!

White Sands offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Current open volunteer positions are listed below. These links will take you to Volunteer.gov, where you can fill out the online application. Once your application is received, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Wondering what it's like to be a VIP? Read what one volunteer wrote about her experience here at White Sands!


Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer installing a park sign
Park volunteers do a variety of things including maintenance projects like installing park signs.
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Photo of hiker on the dunes

Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.