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Monahans Sandhills State Park, Monahans

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
The Monahans Sandhills State Park is a 3840acre state park located in the southern Llano Estacado in Ward County and Winkler County, Texas. The closest major town is Monahans, Texas, and the closest limited-access highway ingress is Exit 86 on Interstate 20.FeaturesMonahans Sandhills State Park is noted for the presence of sand dunes up to high. Although desert-like, the Monahans Sandhills are not a desert; they are a part of a semi-arid ecosystem (average annual rainfall 12.3in) characterized by the presence of both groundwater and relatively nutrient-poor windblown sand. The Shinoak is a local climax shrub, an unusual type of oak tree which because of local conditions often achieves full growth of only in height. Most of a Shinoak's biomass exists in the form of a lengthy root system reaching down to groundwater. If a Monahans sand dune has become stabilized and has stopped blowing about in the wind, that is often because a small grove of Shinoaks have stabilized the dune with their extensive root systems. Despite the sterility of the landscape, various rodents are relatively common, and several packs of Sandhills coyotes feed upon them.Much of the Monahans Sandhills are privately owned property. The state of Texas is operating a 99-year lease with the Sealy-Smith Foundation for the ranch on which most of the land of the state park is located; the park opened to the public in 1957, and the state park has leasehold rights to this parcel of the sand hills until 2056.
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  • If you're worth it. Council at sunset and in the second loop. The Park doesn't offer much but spend an hour okay. Admission $ 4. The visitor center closes at 17 but the ability to put the money in an envelope and go around is convenient. The Park closes at 22.
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  • We had a great time visiting this unusual state park. The main feature is giant sand dunes that make the park unique in Texas. You can ride the dunes on sand disks just like sledding in snow. The dune...  read more »
  • my kids loved it here so much fun for the whole family! we bbq out there the kids got to slide down the hills and explore while we the parents got to relax and enjoy having our toes in the sand. safe ...  read more »
  • Giving Monahans a 5 star rating if you are visiting in the cooler time of the year say like in November. During the cool season the unique sand retains enough moisture to stick just enough so that the dunes can build very tall. The sand flows really good so surfing is a blast when the weather is cooler. Avoid this place in the middle of summer unless you like extremely dry heat, lots of wind, and thousands of wasp invading your camper. We were there last August for only about 30 minutes after setting up the camper and decided to leave after numerous stings. The place is really busy during Easter. Best experience is to visit in November if you have kids in school.
  • This is a great place to kill a little time while getting an up-close experience of the desert. I stopped here while taking a cross-country road trip. A nature trail winds its way through desert fauna near the park's entrance, and the sand dunes are great for exploration and surfing. However, they do stretch on for many miles, so I wouldn't recommend trekking too far from the road.
  • What a beautiful little park. Our children loved exploring the sand dunes barefoot. We got a good workout hiking around. We saw lots of fascinating nature: sand-collored burrowing crickets appear at dusk, we saw quail, cicadas, a ground squirrel, and a kangaroo mouse. We will never forget our visit.
  • Very fun park. A worthwhile stop. Great hills if you search and walk around enough. They have shower facilities for washing all the sand off so it doesn't get everywhere in your car.
  • We came for a quick visit during spring break, driving by & stopped at last minute. Spent about two hours at park and had a wonderful time. We rented sand disc from park office, not to pricey. We had a seven yr old boy who had a blast sand surfing. It's a workout climbing the sand dunes and walking in sand. Recommend finding a high sand dune with a good slope, use plenty of wax(comes w rental), and use same surf path multiple times to go faster. We had a wonderful experience with plenty of laughter in a short period of time. Cons: staff at park office could be a little more friendly. It's very windy so sand gets everywhere. Wear sunglasses to protect eyes. The weather temperature was perfect but can't image how it would be if we had visited during the hot summer.
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