• 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

White Sands offers a variety of volunteer opprotunities. If you are interested in volunteering at the monument, please fill out the volunteer application and email the completed form to us us at whsa_interpretation@nps.gov. Write VIP application in the subject line.

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

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

 
Monument volunteer conducting visitor contacts during Easter.
Park volunteers do a variety of things including making visitor contacts during bike patrols on busy holidays.

Did You Know?

Satellite photo of dune field

Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the white sands dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.