Campsite Review: White Sands Missile Range (Volunteer Park Travel Campground) is a military-only campground located on White Sands Missile Range Army Post. It is a very nice, very quiet place.
While traveling on U.S. Highway 70 east of Las Cruces New Mexico turn south on Owens Road (NMSR – 213) to enter the main gate for the facility. After entering the gate, turn west on Aberdeen Avenue followed by a left turn on Goddard Avenue. The campground will be on the south side of the park, directly south of the youth center.
There is no reception or check-in at the campground. The office is at Bldg. 1338 Ripley Street.
The campground is easily one of the smallest, nicest military RV Park we have ever been to. It has 8 full-hookup pull-through RV parking sites.
Now that I said it may be the nicest military tiny campground we have ever stayed in, we didn’t have a good stay, all because of the weather. The location is easy to access to Las Cruces and White Sands National Monument and would probably be fun had the weather been even poor — it was miserable.
Here is our blog post when we stayed at White Sands Missile Range survived hurricane-force winds.
Website: White Sands Missile Range
Address: Bldg. 1338 Ripley Street, White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002
Link to Google Map for the area: White Sands Missile Range
Phone Number/Reservations: 575-678-1713
Here is the link to an article on authorized patrons: Who can stay at military campgrounds?
There are eight full-hookup sites reservations are highly recommended for these sites.
Dates stayed: March 10-14, 2019
Comfort: The temperature was bitter cold, wet, and extremely windy.
Price Paid: $10/ night
Our Site: Number unknown, furthest west
Hook-ups: Full, Electric/Water/Sewer – 50 amp
Dump station: No dedicated dump station.
Potable Water: Yes
Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes
Cell service: Verizon – Strong Signal / AT&T – Strong Signal
Campsite Review: White Sands Missile Range insider info:
The golf course across the street from the park is closed.
Some have noted that reservations are sometimes not accepted and at other times it seems that the reserved sites are already taken by others. We did not have that problem. There is some overflow camping with electricity at a lower price, and it appears that there were some overflow sites without any hookups in a large parking area nearby.
We had very bad weather with some hail and frequent wind-driven rain. The problem was a weather pattern called a bomb cyclone. The wind was so bad we pulled in our slides. Starting at 2 pm, wind up to 70 knots started bouncing the house and proved to us how many drafts we really have. Our slide toppers took a beating. So did our paint. We were hit by numerous high-speed pine cones from a forested area about a mile away. The really high winds lasted for about forty-eight hours.
White Sands Missile Range is an ideal place to camp while visiting White Sands National Monument. Also if you are there for the day(s) that it is open, you can visit the Trinity site. Your timing has to be perfect though the Trinity site is only open for a few hours each year. Here is our blog post about our visit. Trinity Site
Layout & Satellite Views
That is our campsite review of the White Sands Missile Range campground. Here is our link to our interactive map. Campsite Reviews
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