Monahan Sand Hills State Park

by terryconrad

One of the many parks that are found in the great state of Texas.

The Monahan Sand hills is a very large semi-arid ecosystem with an average of 12.3 inches of rain yearly. There are some 3,840 acres in the park which includes Winkler, Ward and Llano Estacado counties making this a very large bionetwork. Sandhill Coyotes are found inside of the State Park as well in the sand hills that are on private property. These are supported by the little creatures such as rodents, snakes, lizards and many different bugs that also live in the area. The Monahan Sand Hills is not a desert area, even though the whole area has that feel about it. The Park is currently under lease with Sealy-Smith Foundation, however the lease is only until 2056.
To visit the park there is a limited access road that is clearly marked at exit 86 on Interstate 20. The closest town to the park is Monahan a lovely little town with nice restaurants, making for a nice place to have a nice lunch or dinner after a fun filled day at the park. The park has a lot of possibilities for visitors of all ages, sand tobogganing is one of the favorites. These little round discs can be rented from the park office, the glide down the dunes, some of which are as high as seventy (70) feet high, that offer hours of fun. Many visitors enjoy sand football as well as sand surfing. For those who are looking for a place to stay over, there are also several camp sites with both electric and water, they also have a dump station that is easy to access in the park. For day use only there is an equestrian area, for those who have their own horses to ride, unfortunately there are no horse rental areas in the area. The park is a favorite for locals on Easter Sunday where colored eggs are hunted by old and young alike, there are also several covered picnic tables that are available, but they are limited and are quickly taken.

Monahan Sand Hills State Park

Visitor Center at Monahan Sand Hills
Monahan Sand Hills State Park Visitor Center
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Getting there early would be recommended if you are looking for one of the covered shelters for keeping your food and such off the ground, as well as the bit of shade they offer. Behind the office is a nature trail that is about a quarter mile long where you can see a large variety of Chihuahua Desert plants, varied yucca-like plants and other vegetation and grasses and cacti. The park office also has several unique exhibits that are a must see that depicts the desert wildlife and the many diversified dynamics of the area.

Updated: 05/28/2016, terryconrad
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