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Monahans Sandhills Texas State Park
Monahans Sandhills State Park Information:
This 3,840 acre park consists on sand dunes, some as high as 70 feet. These dunes are part of a field that extends approximately 200 miles south of Monahans, Texas and westward and north into New Mexico. TPWD has a 99 year lease with the Sealy-Smith Foundation for the ranch on which most of the state park is located. Other park acreage was leased from the Williams family of Monahans, Texas. Plant life consists of Shin Oak, a type of oak tree that generally grows approximately 4 feet above the sand. The tree is characterized by a long root system that reaches many feet through the sand to the ground water below. At 40,000 acres, this is one of the nation’s largest surviving oak forests. The area was a favorite Indian site until the 1880s when the Texas and Pacific Railroad began using it as a water stop for on their route between the Pecos River and Big Spring, Texas. In the late 1920s, oil production began in the Permian Basin. Park activities include picnicking, camping, sand surfing, hiking, horseback riding and birding. The Group Dining Hall is located in a 1903 railroad section house. For more information watch the Park Video.  Park entrance and camping fees apply. From IH-20 near Monahans exit at Mile Marker #86 to Park Road 41 and drive to the park.
Dunagan Visitor Center/Interpretive Center & Museum:
The museum offers hands on exhibits of the cultural and natural history of the Sandhills. The windows offer wonderful views of birds and wildlife visiting the watering and feeding stations. Restrooms and a snack machine are located in the building.
Monahans Sandhills State Park Directions:  
From IH-20, exit at Mile Marker #86 to Hwy 20, then take Park Road 41 to the park.