Volunteer Park Travel Campsite

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Volunteer Park Travel Campsite

Location

Installation
White Sands Missile Range, NM
GPS Coordinates
32.3774, -106.4913
Location Information
White Sands Missile Range, NM
RV Gate Coordinates
32.38764, -106.47958

Directions

Directions
FROM the NORTH, WEST or EAST: Enter the White Sands Missile Range Rd (SR-213) from US-70. After passing through the gate you will be on Headquarters Avenue. Follow Headquarters Avenue past the Headquarters Building (#100 w/Flag Pole) and immediately turn right onto Aberdeen Ave. At the fire station (there's a big dip in the road here), turn right onto Flaggler St. A short distance down on the left is the Outdoor Rec. Equipment office. Check-in for the campgound here. Return back to Aberdeen and turn right. Follow Aberdeen until it forks (careful, it's not a true fork in the road). Follow the left fork and turn left again at the first road (next to the playground). Follow this road until you see the camping spots. ---- FROM the SOUTH: NOTE: The following directions are ONLY for vehicles with a valid DoD vehicle decal and occupants with a valid Military ID. From El Paso, take US-54 North for about 10 miles. Take the Martin Luther King exit (some maps call it the Gateway Blvd exit). Turn left onto Martin Luther King (some maps show it as Kenworthy St or War Hwy). Continue North across the TX/NM border and the road changes to SR-213. You'll enter the WSMR back gate on SR-213. Continue past the base gate for about another 25 miles. Turn left onto Aberdeen Ave, which is before the the Headquarters Building (#100 w/Flag Pole). At the fire station (there's a big dip in the road here), turn right onto Flaggler St. A short distance down on the left is the Outdoor Rec. Equipment office. Check-in for the campgound here. Return back to Aberdeen and turn right. Follow Aberdeen until it forks (careful, it's not a true fork in the road). Follow the left fork and turn left again at the first road (next to the playground). Follow this road until you see the camping spots.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(575) 678-1713
Mailing Address
Outdoor Recreation, Bldg 445 Flagler Street, Attn: STEWS DC-AR-O, PO Box 400, White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002-5035

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians. Contractors residing or working on the installation.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted at least 30 days in advance.
Internet Access
None at the RV Park. WiFi is available at the Bowling alley and at the Army Community Services.
Mail Forwarding
(Your Name), c/o General Delivery WSMR, NM 88002
Pet Information
Pets allowed with usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
Maximum stay is 21 days out of 60. Extensions are possible. Tours to Trinity Site, location of first nuclear explosion, are conducted on the first Saturday in April and October. Contact (575) 678-1134/1135/1700 for arrangements.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Driving range, Bowling alley.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Library
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Swimming
  • Snack Bar
  • Class VI
  • Movie Theater
  • Museum
  • Hospital, Clinic
  • Post Office
  • Car Wash

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Gravel
8
W/30,50A/S
$10
N/A
N/A
Overflow
5
15A
$5
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Firearms are allowed on the installation, but MUST be declared upon arrival at the gate. Firearms must also remain unloaded and remain inside of your vehicle.
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Weather Information

Nice, quiet campground for exploring White Sands. Tours of Trinity Site, location of the first nuclear explosion, are conducted on the first Saturday in April and October.

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Oct 12-15 2017

We arrived at WSMR in the early afternoon with a reservation. Clearing the main gate is no problem. The will ask if you have a firearm so if you carry one make sure it is unloaded and the ammo is separated from the weapon. We were told by the attendant at Outdoor Recreation that it is not necessary to check in there before going to the campground if you have a reservation. Go park in an open site then head over to the Recreation office and pay for your site. Yes, you have to do some maneuvering to get parked/leveled but it’s doable. Great DTV satellite signal from all sites. Just a fair Verizon 4g service. Good water pressure and solid 50 amp electrical service.You can’t beat the views of the mountains.

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April, 2017

We were going to stay at Holloman but decided on this park dt ability to make reservations AND the description in our military book said there was a tour of the Trinity site twice a year. I based my trip to ABQ so that we would be here for the April 1st tour. On our trip west, I finally looked up info about the Trinity site and found that it was 3 hours away. So disappointing! But now I know and since our kids live in ABQ, I will have more chances to take the tour. This is a lovely site with amazing views of the Organ mts. There is a pool and workout facility but the pool does not open until 11am on the weekends so could not take advantage of it. Walking the golf course is very nice. So sad that it is closed as we would have loved to play it. Maybe the expected increase in the military budget will allow it to reopen. Too bad that a few residents do not come together and form a membership fee that would cover the cost of operation. It is really a pretty course there at the foothills of the mountains. There is a bath house that is not in great shape but the single shower has both hot and cold handles (not those awful buttons that turn the water on for a minute or so, usually just long enough to begin to feel the warm water coming) and a strong stream. The best shower since we left home 12 days ago. An extended family was camping here for one of their members military retirement....so heartwarming! The wind was strong when we arrived but gentle the following day. We drove into Las Cruces on that Saturday and visited the Farmers Market. We took our dog and the place was very welcoming of dogs. People were super friendly and we talked with 4 different people from Maine in the area where we have a camp. Go figure. Plus while waiting for our burritos for lunch we started talking with the friendliest local couple and they gave us some good informationa about the area. We bought two vases from a retired navy yeoman...very nice, both the vases and retiree! Highly recommend a visit to the market if you are in the area on Saturdays.

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3-8 Jan 2017

We enjoyed our stay here. WSMR is quiet and relaxing place. Photos are still good. Called and reserved a site to make sure we had a spot when we arrived, employees are friendly, just could do better with knowing what sites are available. Only 4 of us there for the week. Only saw 1 maybe 2 long term occupants. Sites are all sloped backwards some and we needed to use 3" under the rear wheels to level MH. As previously stated you need to position carefully with electric and light pole right at edge, in order to open or clear the slides or basement doors. ATT 2-3 bars, wifi available at frontier club or IHG hotel with password. I was able to connect to frontier club with my wifi antenna and speed was OK. Small commissary and PX which is more like a shopette. On base fuel but no diesel. 2 mile walking track right by the campground. We enjoy the peace and quiet at base of mountains. Golf course permanently closed as of Nov 15, 2016. Frontier club serves breakfast 630-9 and lunch from 1130-1300 M-F reasonably priced and pretty good. No drop and hops that I saw. 

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August 3-6, 2016

we have stayed at WSMR often and always enjoy the beauty and quiet surroundings. They have installed new electric pedestals and "night light" stanchions. It can cause some parking problems for rigs with slide-outs and short hookups. The pedestal and stanchion are directly opposite each other, toward the front of of the site, right on the edge of the site. This makes for a narrow space about a 1/3 of the way from the front of the site. Since we have 3 slides-out and basement doors, we either had to park towards the rear or the front of the site, not the middle. We parked near the rear since we have a 38' rig. This necessitates a long 50 amp cable (in our case) and long sewer hose, as the sewer connection has been moved next to the electric pedestal. A shorter rig could park near the front. The saving grace is that these are some of the longest sites I've seen at a military RV camp. While it is not a well thought out placement of the pedestal and stanchion, in my opinion, one can certainly work around it! The MWR (outdoor rec.) mgr. is a super nice lady! We'll continue to use this facility many times a yr!

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4.9
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5.0
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5.0

Jan 10 - Feb 29, 2016

Very quiet and isolated from other populated areas, but only 15 miles from Los Cruses.  Vehicle decal no longer required for entering the post, only a current military ID (active duty or retired).  The commissary and exchange are more than enough for provisions, but no diesel or propane available on the post (purchased an electric space heater to save on propane-was a great investment).  Very little traffic on the post, especially during "rush-hour."  Excellent (intermediary level) hiking trail behind the golf course, going up Texas Canyon (which enters the Organ Mountain Range) ... the trail ends at Texas Canyon Spring (can view with Google Maps satellite view).  Only mountain climb if very experienced, but worth it.  Outdoor recreation staff is friendly/hospitable.  No laundry facility at the campsite - a Launderette is located close to the bowling alley.  Well worth returning next year.

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December 2014

KBUG (Know Before You Go). Max Stickers/Thorns - Consider their paws. Bold Coyotes. UL gas and supplies available. Drop & Hops (folks that store RVs in full hookup sites). There are only 8 sights and there is a great open parking lot adjacent to the park where rigs could be left unattended. Throughout our visit half the sights had RVs present with personnel unaccounted for. We wished to stay but we were forced out due to lack of availability. This is unacceptable. HC

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20-24 April 2014

This facility is very nice and quiet. All in all a great location as long as you know what you are getting, distance from Las Cruces and Alamogordo. The check in process has a lot to be desired. It would have been nice to get a map of the installation, told where the dumpsters and recycle bins were located. The folks at Outdoor Rec were nice but just not very helpful. When asked about a map, I was told to go to the gift shop, they might have one. Also my reservation wasn't on the "board" but was still on someone's desk. Good thing I was the only person to show up on Sunday. Since I've been here and know the ropes I would go back. Maybe they could take some lessons from Agave Gulch on how to check someone into the park.

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Jan 2-6, 2014

A.B. left this review using the Directory software: - We were on site #1. Nice pull thru next to the activity center. Enjoyed our short stay. Excellent museum plus visited the Biosphere. Very windy in this area but the price was right. Just wish they had diesel fuel on board so plan your trip accordingly! Bx&Comm.well stocked

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Feb 10, 2014

Directions are good, photos are still current. Arrived on Sunday night there were four empty sites, one camper in overflow (15Amp on street). No signs or instruction to be found, office closed on weekends. We took an empty site and went to Outdoor Rec in morning to pay and stay another night. Outdoor Rec has a small amount of supplies, seemed to be unorganized to me. They did not have any available sites for another night had reservations coming in. Did not use the bathrooms or showers so can't rate. Rec room locked up. Cell phone good, wifi none. Nice little park, which is what we like, quiet place to stay. Suggest you make reservation before driving out. $10 a night full hookup.

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(Updated: October 16, 2012)
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Oct 10-16, 2012

We frequent this location, so obviously we enjoy it! The golf course is in excellent condition. The laundry, on the other hand, while the machines seem to be pretty new, the building is dirty & the A/C (swamp cooler) either wasn't working or has been shut down for the Fall/Winter. It was not too bad as it was only in the upper 70's, but it is an unsatisfactory condition. It was in big need need of being cleaned, too. It would also be nice if they had a rack to hang cloths when one takes them out of the drier. Never used head or shower, so what ever has been previously reported is probably the case. There are only 8 sites & most of them are usually occupied, so make a reservation if you want to come here. I drove by the Ft. Bliss RV park Sunday (10/14) & it looked full, too. Snowbirds must be on the move!

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(Updated: February 29, 2012)
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Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2012

A first!!!!!!!!!!!! MWR REDUCED the fee for staying here to $10 a night! It had been $10 however it went up to $15 for about a yr or so, but they've lowered it back to $10! WSMR as well as Ft. Bliss have dropped the DOD decal requirement, too. Since I don't get to many USN or MC bases I don't know if they still require the DOD sticker.........I'd be interested on feed back as to the status of USN &/or MC bases & their DOD decal status. There does NOT seem to be any homesteaders here even though there is a LOT of new construction on the base. If you approach the base from from El Paso on the "back" road through Ft. Bliss it has almost been completely reconstructed & the speed limit has increased to 65 mph. A real short cut! Played the little 9 hole golf course & it has really greened up for February. Wind this time of year sucks, but we don't have Spring in NM, it's WIND season!

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7-12 Dec 2011

C.H. left this review using the Directory software: - We spent 5 days here and generally agree with previous reviews. We had called the day prior to our arrival to make a reservation; that turned out not be necessary - the campground was empty when we arrived. While checking in at Outdoor Rec, I inquired about the showers and was assured they were operational. Not!! Although there was hot water in the sinks, there was no water, hot or cold, in the showers. We enjoyed a visit to the Missile Museum, particularly the inside displays dealing with the a-bomb test. Essentials were available at the small post exchange and commissary and there is a gas station. We came in from Las Cruces over the pass, but since we going to El Paso when we left, we took NM 213 south through the vast Fort Bliss ranges to the Texas line - a very good road that shortens the distance between WSMR and Fort Bliss considerably. We would probably stay here again.

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(Updated: October 21, 2011)
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16-22 Oct 2011

Arrived here for originally a three night stay but extended for three more days. Getting on the Garrison is easy and finding the RV park is a piece of cake. We arrived on a weekend so Outdoor Recreation was closed. We just went to the park, picked a site and parked. Went to Rec Service the next morning and paid. If you have a large RV with big slide-outs, make sure you know how far they extend. Electrical boxes are right on the edge of the gravel pads with a couple of wooden posts on both sides. Bathrooms/showers are still closed. While here we toured the Missile Museum, White Sands National Monument, The Space History Museum, Old Town Mesilla and Cloudcroft. Small PX and Commissary have necessities. Nice golf course with very reasonable green fees. Beautiful views from the park.

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(Updated: May 19, 2011)
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2.9
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16-18 May 2011

The Fam Camp was easy to find if you follow directions, my TomTom took me right to it. We had called ahead and made reservations but checked in on Sunday so almost nothing was open. There was no bulletin board or any direction to tell us what spot to go to. We asked another camper & was told that the person they had spoken to said just take an empty spot, so we did the same. There are old reservation signs still hanging on many of the sites that are from March. It was easy to pull in and get connected, water, sewer and power 50/30 amp. Sites are long gravel pads with a covered patio with picnic table, really nice sites. The bathrooms are still being worked on, but it's obvious that they are not a priority nor is the FamCamp as it appears no one checks it with any frequency. When we arrived on Sunday we observed two dumpsters which were filled to overflowing, they were dumped on Monday morning. I was told that due to a record-setting hard freeze in early February the bathrooms and showers in the nearby clubhouse were closed, awaiting repairs. I asked if there was an estimated date of completion and was informed that they really didn't know. We could have used to showers in the aquatic center, but after taking a look at them decided to use our camper shower instead. The best thing about this area is the views of the mountains and the missile museum. Nearest town is Las Cruces, a nice city about 25 miles west. VERY quiet, remote setting. Small Commissary and even smaller BX, but adequate for the size of this base. I would not make this a stop if in the area again.

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April 1 - 4, 2011

L.H. left this review using the Directory softwarfe: - Restrooms at FamCamp are now closed and posted as "Out of Order". Camp overall is in need of some attention but is generally a nice place to stay when visiting White Sands National Monument. The missile museum at the entrance is well worth visiting.

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(Updated: April 04, 2011)
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29-31 March 2011

Easy to find if you follow directions - although we did have to ask at the Shopette as some of the roads and streets are not marked, but once park is found, it is easy to pull in and get connected. Due to a record-setting hard freeze in early February the bathrooms and showers in the nearby clubhouse were closed, awaiting repairs. We used to showers in the aquatic center, which were old, in fair shape, but showers were hot and roomy, so can't complain! 50 Amp service, water and sewer connections were easy and adequate, and adjacent covered patio was very nice. Mountains just behind campground were awesome!! Driving around the vast post is allowed, and if you're into tech stuff, there is plenty to see. "Town" is Las Cruces, a nice city about 25 miles west. Lady who runs campground from Outdoor Rec was VERY helpful in answering questions about almost everything. You can buy guns at Outdoor Rec and get them registered. If you're into outdoor activities, hiking is awesome! Nice fitness trail right next to campground is also nice. VERY quiet, remote setting. Small Commissary and even smaller BX, but adequate. We'd definitely stay here again. If you are Air Force, you'll save a LOT of time and hassle if you register your vehicle and display your decal at an Army, Navy, or Marine installation, or one of the few USAF bases that still issues vehicle ID's, because WSMR indeed DOES require either a DoD vehicle decal, or you have to produce license, registration, proof of insurance, and get a temporary pass - a time consuming process. We registered out truck at MacDill AFB in 2010 and have had zero problems at any Army or Navy base since.

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(Updated: February 04, 2011)
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4.7
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14 Nov 2010 - 15 Feb 2011

My wife and I are retired Army, but were staying on WSMR while working as contractors on the Ft Bliss ranges just south of WSMR. Our experience here was quite good. The WSMR contonment area is small compared to most Army bases visited, but has everything we needed except diesel fuel.
We were able to tour the White Sands National Monument and the Trinity Test site while we were in the area. There are also old and active gold mines and trails nearby to explore. The park showers need serious attention. The night security lights were not operational the whole time we were here (we did call the MWR office about it). Parking is very spacious for RV as well as dinghy vehicles. CAUTION** Be sure to watch for Orick (large South African antelope) while driving on SR-213 (War Road). They are big animals and would cause lots of damage if they were hit.

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(Updated: December 25, 2010)
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December 2010

The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, the scenery is awesome and although there's little to do (after the museum, much of the base is restricted), it is a lovely spot for the fully self-contained traveler. For anyone wanting a low impact exercise there's a beautiful walking track right next to the site, 2 laps in the morning and 2 laps in the evening makes a nice comfy 6 miles a day. The open pavilion is a nice respite from so many MWR sites with individual covered picnic tables. However, yes the mens room is in dire need of work, although the desk staff was fast in responding to being informed of the burned out lights.

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July 2010

Very beautiful place, only problem is there are only 8 FHs and there are full timers and unregisteredunpaying guests. Management never checks what is going on, bathrooms are abused and showers are broken in the male side. If these issues were corrected I would give 4 stars across the board.

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Dec. 11,12,13, 2009

No open spaces when I arrived. I did not call ahead for reservations and a group had reserved all the spaces from the 9th to the 15th. All the time I was there, there were two open spaces, so don't know what was happening with them. I was told at check in that the group had paid for all the spaces in advance. Stayed in overflow, which is just parking along a curb near the recreation building. It has two 20A duplex receptacles to plug into and that is it. Not that bad for the price. I don't know where nbrown was, but there are showers in the recreation building next to site number 1 and there is a laundry on base that I have used here before. It is a good place to stop and a good base to explore the region. It is small, but nice.

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