Where else but Texas can you go sledding on a 100 degree 4th of July day? Referred to by many as "The Sahara of the South", we simply call it God's playground. Monahans Sandhills state park is just like it sounds: a park filled with desert sand dunes. It is one of the most unique and fun places we've visited in Texas.
The main activity at the park is sand sledding. The visitor's center has sand disks and sand boards for sale or rent. We purchased a $10 disk and spent the rest of the day sliding down the dunes. It was exhillerating, hillarious, and down-right exhausting. Our kids also had a blast simply playing in (digging, rolling, wrestling, ect.) in the soft, fluffy sand.
While Monahans state park is truly one of the most fun places we have visited, it does have 2 drawbacks. The first is its location. Located on I-20 30 miles west of Odessa, it is in the middle of nowhere. We have decided, though, that if we are ever heading west for any reason, we will try to spend a day at Monahans either coming or going. Secondly, the park is desert and in the summer it gets HOT. Even with tons of water to drink and splash on each other, our strength was zapped. Spring or fall would probably be a more enjoyable time to visit.
We camped in a pop-up camper in the park. The proximity to the dunes is awesome; however, there are no campfires allowed and the campsite offers no privacy. There is a new-looking Best Western 4 miles away in the town of Monahans that seems like a good option for lodging.
Our kids rank Monahans Sandhills state park as one of their favorite Texas travel experiences. Your family is sure to love this natural playground as well.
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