Monahans Sandhills State Park, Monahans

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  • Going to the sandhills is always eventful. We normally take everything we need for the day and to cookout. You can rent sand boards for kids to ride. Always remember to take your sunscreen and be read...  more »
  • This park is AWESOME. Rent a disk at the visitor's center (which hasn't been updated since the 1960s), drive to the sandhills, and enjoy! It's great exercise - I hadn't run up sandhills in a while and...  more »
  • This was amazing for us. We are from India and never had been to Jaisalmer or any dessert area before. But this made us feel like that.  more »
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  • A fun place to visit! Lots of hills to explore and the sand is velvet soft once you get into the clear dunes. We happened to swing by on an extremely windy day in early January, so our baby didn't get to play too much but enjoyed sifting the sand. It was also a rather perfect temperature, even with the wind. If you go when it's windy, would recommend a breathable scarf or similar to wrap around your face and ears to keep the sand out. Our sled didn't want to slide, but a few people got some decent distance and at $2.50 for 2 hours, it wasn't an issue. Enjoyed the scenery a lot and it was easy to find. Pretty cool place to hike or picnic! Staff at the museum was really friendly and had plenty of advice and recommendations for other parks and such to see.
  • A great treasure, right off I-20. It is hard to believe that we have such a diverse geological place, so close to a mahit interstate Hwy. and so easy to visit. Those sand dune vistas will certainly give you the feeling of seeing some thing totally different. Just take off your shoes and walk in and around the dunes, climb up or slide down! A place to enjoy with all your family.
  • Monahans Sandhills State Park is a MUST for stopping and visiting on your travels! Where else can you sled on sand dunes? And using rental sleds from the park? This is a picturesque area with great camping. They also have amazing sunrises and sunsets in this area of Texas. Beautiful.
  • I grew up in West Texas most of my life and a regular outing for the family has always been Monahans Sandhills State Park. It is a fun place to take the family on MILD temperature days like early fall or mid to late spring and early summer. I stay away during mid to late summer its just too hot. I'm grown and have kids of my own now and have been taking them to the sand hills too. There is an information center that has a sales counter for books and info and sand surfing boards. The sand hills are a lot fun for the kids. It gives them a chance to run , climb and play on the dunes. Make sure to rent the sand surfing boards and wax at the info center. Don't forget to take sheets of plastic to lay on the car seats for the trip back home, you'll swear that you brought home a ton of sand in the kids clothes and shoes. If temps are high "BE Prepared"!!!!!! You WILL bake and sunburn. As a kid one August summer day we went to the park and forgot to take charcoal for the BBQ pits which they have installed at the picnic tables areas. We discovered that we didn't need any charcoal or even try cooking on the hot day. We simply took the unopened hotdog package and set them with the clear side of the package facing up on top of a sheet of tin foil on the bbq grill in the full sun. A little while later we opened the package and they were as hot as if they were cooked over a flame. So take plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses with straps (to prevent them getting lost) and a way to get out of the sun for a while. YES! Take extra clothing to cover up with - after some time in the sun - long sleeve shirt and pants to put over your shorts and short sleeve t-shirts. Especially if you plan on staying all day. The light reflecting off the sand will cook you and you may need to cover up even while you are using sunscreen. This is not a seashore or beach somewhere where their is water. This is desert environment so go prepared. Also make sure you leave valuables locked in the car. Once something gets lost in the sand its gone for good. Take rings and jewelry off and lock them safely somewhere in your vehicle. The sand has a way of loosening things off of you and out of your pockets. There are possibly hundreds or thousands of lost rings and necklaces earrings etc. buried in the sand out there. Chances of things getting stolen are NOT really the problem or major concern but things get lost easily in the sand while your out playing in it and you never realize it until its too late. I have heard many stories of lost diamonds out of rings and jewelry. If you have one take a metal detector you might find lost treasure.
  • If you have children between the ages of 7 and 12, make sure that you take them on a road trip to this place. Sliding down sand dunes that are more than 4 stories high will give your kids the ride of a lifetime. Right here in Texas. They may have a few tumbles here and there, but after a day of hard climbing (and trust me, those dunes make you EARN every trip), your kids will probably pass out in the car on the way to the hotel... good news for parents ;-). If they don't, the open picnic tables and ample room to just run around in the relative safety of the park will make for a memorable day for the entire family. Enjoy your trip here! Best wishes!
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