The best camping near Monahans Sandhills State Park

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You've seen surfing and snowboarding. Get ready for sand surfing in this Texas state park.  

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Don't like water? Hate cold weather? Still love extreme sports? Welcome to Monahans Sand Dunes. Sand surfing, sand boarding, and sand sledding rule. It's just you, gravity, and some great sand dunes.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including this adult-sized sandbox. Dunes reach up to 70 feet high, while the park covers nearly 4,000 acres. Jog to the top before surfing, boarding, or sledding your way down.

You could even sculpt an obstacle course and some jumps if you really want to get creative. Bring your video camera and make your friends jealous. Even better, launch your drone to follow your path down the hill. Rent sand disks from the park headquarters if you forgot your board. There's also an 800-acre equestrian area for you and your steed to explore.

Reserve one of 26 campsites with water and electricity. Each site has some shade.

Notable campgrounds

  • Standard Campsites: Equipped with water and electricity, each site includes a shade shelter for comfort.
  • Equestrian Campsites: Designed for horse enthusiasts, these sites offer ample space and access to the park's 800-acre equestrian area.
  • Group Campsites: Ideal for larger gatherings, these sites provide facilities to accommodate group events amid the dunes.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially if planning to visit during the busy season from March to August.
  • Use the online reservation system for convenient booking and to check availability.
  • Call the reservation hotline at (512) 389-8900 for personalized assistance.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park reaches capacity or for additional experiences.

When to go

The best time to visit Monahans Sandhills State Park is from March to August, when the park's full splendor is on display. However, be mindful of the intense summer heat. The cooler months offer a more comfortable visit, though the park's beauty is year-round.

Know before you go

  • Check weather forecasts as the dunes can get extremely hot, especially in summer.
  • Reservations are recommended due to the park's capacity limits, ensuring your entry.
  • Accessibility is catered for with beach wheelchairs available for sand use.
  • Be prepared for self-guided exploration; the park has no marked trails.
  • Remember to pack plenty of water and sun protection for your desert adventure.

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