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“Fun in the sand”

Monahans Sandhills State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Monahans
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Owner description: Nearly 4,000 acres of sand dunes with activities including "surfing", camping, hiking, picnicking and bird and wildlife watching.
Reviewed 16 April 2018

We had a great time climbing the sand dunes. It's pretty hard to believe these dunes are in the middle of West Texas, but they are.

The park is easy to find. Park rangers were well-informed and helpful. Lots of people came to sand surf. It's also a very large forest of oak trees which have adjusted to the arid climate and grow no taller than four feet.

Thank mmmrun81
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

There are only a handful of places in the US to experience huge sand dunes and this is one of them. The State Park is not very big and doesn't take long to see. There are sandy hills at the front of the park, but it you want to see the dunes you must drive to the back. We stopped for an hour, hiked a couple dunes and got a satisfying look, however, you could spend several hours here if you want to hike up and down several sand dunes. Also, "sleds" may be rented at the information center and you can try your hand and riding the dunes. We didn't try it, but saw a few other people giving it a go. Sometimes they had good luck sliding down a dune, other times they were a bit stuck. There is camping on site, but personally I would only spend a night or two here. There just isn't much to see beyond the dunes. Oh, and be prepared for sand to get everywhere!

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

At first we only saw the small hills covered with dead vegetation. We reached the dunes and they are lovely. Had I been younger I would've rented a disc and gone "sledding." The discs for rent are sturdy, heavy-duty plastic and rent for a reasonable rate. The picnic areas were fine, with good restroom.

2  Thank LB-TX-2014
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

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 ready to clean your car the next day lol

2  Thank wendethummel
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

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 had forgotten that you tend to slide back a little with every step! And it couldn't be more fun! The sand is so soft and cold and beautiful. If you're a geology nerd, here's a fun fact: the sand in the sandhills are remnants from New Mexico's Rocky Mountains, eroded by the Pecos River over thousands of years and blown by winds to Texas, where you can enjoy sliding down the hills on your disk that you've covered in resin for a faster slide. If you're out in this part of Texas, this state park is not to be missed. Such a unique park! It really reminds you of the size and variety of ecosystems in Texas!

5  Thank Alexis B
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