• 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.
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Did You Know?

Aerial photo of parabolic dunes.

Not all sand dunes are alike. Dunes may take many forms, depending on the amount of sand available, the strength and direction of prevailing winds, and the type of vegetation in the area. Four types of dunes can be found in the white sands dunefield.