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(Photo courtesy of Monahans State Park)
(Photo courtesy of Monahans State Park)

Sandhills State Park — Monahans, Texas

Spacious adventurous camping
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
$15
  • 70%


Summary:

We love to find unique camping! Sure, it is easy to find a campground where the rigs are jammed in like sardines, but how often do you get to camp alongside massive sand dunes for only $15 per night?

Monahans Sandhills State Park is located right off Interstate 20 in mid-Texas. But since the campground is set back in the park about 5 miles, you feel like you are in the middle of the desert. Since you do have to pay the daily entrance for the park on top of camping fees, it may be worth it to get an annual pass, you do the math.

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Pros

  • With only 26 sites, you are likely to have a private area of the dunes. When we were there in early February, the park wasn’t full and our kids had the run of the place!
  • Each site has a picnic table and private shade shelter. As you can imagine, there is no relief from the sun out on the dunes.
  • Water and electric are provided at your site for your use.
  • Make sure to use the free dump station beside the campground on your way out to empty your tanks.
  • There is so much to do within the park! Make sure to check in at the visitor center at the front of the park for a schedule of ranger hikes and activities.
  • Sleds are available for purchase or rental at the visitor center. Don’t forget to ask for wax to make those sleds really fly!
  • There are other day use areas in the park that are great to explore. There is a large pavilion picnic area, adjacent to the dunes.
  • The uniqueness of opening your door right onto the sand dunes is something we hadn’t experienced before and is worth checking out!
  • Horses are allowed on many of the areas of the dunes. Check in with the rangers for more details on this.
  • This is a popular place for birding. Make sure to bring your binoculars.
  • Since the campground is set back from the city, the dark sky provides amazing opportunities for stargazing.
  • Geocaching is another popular activity in the park.
  • We were impressed to even have some phone and data signal with Sprint and Verizon. Our Sprint signal wasn’t as strong so keep that in mind when choosing your site.

Cons

  • Depending on the season, the park can be hard to get into since there are only 26 RV sites. Plan ahead!
  • As you can imagine, the heat in the summer months can be sweltering, be prepared with extra shade, water and sunscreen.
  • This should go without saying, but you will probably be sweeping sand out of your rig for days! A small price to pay for the great location.

About Jen Holt

Jen Holt and her husband Drew are parents to two young kids and travel the country in their fifth wheel nicknamed Big Moosey. The Holts have a passion for the outdoors and love visiting National Parks. You can follow more about the Holts adventures at www.free2breathe.com

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