Monahans Sandhills State Park

Monahans Sandhills State Park

  • mother and daughter running down sand dune
  • view from top of sand dune
  • girls laughing and surfing down sand dune
  • view of picnic area
  • view from road headed to the sand dunes

Ocean of Sand

Out west lies a mystical place where the wind sculpts sand dunes into peaks and valleys, sometimes over­night. Mon­a­hans Sandhills State Park offers a Texas-sized sand­box for kids of all ages, as well as a close-up view of a unique desert environment.

Things to Do

Bring a picnic and spend the day exploring on foot or horse­back. Rent sand disks and surf the dunes. Learn about the park and its natural and cultural history at the Dunagan Vis­i­tors Center. Set up camp and witness spec­tac­ular sun­sets. Rent our group hall and pavilion for your next group event.

Explore the dunes

The park does not have marked trails – you are free to ex­plore at will. Watch for the myriad of creatures, plants and wild­flowers that thrive in what seems to be an inhospitable place.

Rent sand disks and slide and tumble down the dunes - for kids of all ages! Rent at headquarters from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Discs available for sale after hours; contact the park for details. 

Borrow a beach wheelchair to use in sand (the chair is not self-propelled). Contact the park for more information.

Practice hiking safety. The dunes heat up quickly during summer months. Be aware of your surroundings, so that you can find your way back to your starting point.

Learn about the park

Learn about this area, its plants and animals, and its human history at the Dunagan Vis­i­tors Center. Stop by the large win­dows overlooking the wildlife area – you never know what bird or animal will be getting a drink or snack.

Ride your horse

Bring your horse and explore our 800-acre equestrian area, which has no marked trails. Expect heavy sand with brush and a few mesquite trees.

Other equestrian amenities include a trailer parking area, potable water and three campsites.

Set up camp

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

Get involved

We need your help! Find out what you can do by asking at headquarters or visiting our Volunteer page.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

Check our Events page for upcoming programs.


Become a Junior Ranger!

Area Attractions

The park sits between three West Texas towns, all of which offer res­tau­rants, shopping, museums and more.

Park Rd. 41
Monahans, TX 79756

Latitude: 31.618795

Longitude: -102.812112

(432) 943-2092

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $4 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily. 

Gate open: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


We often reach capacity, and recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

Busy Season

March to August


January average low is 29 degrees. July average high is 96 degrees. Average rainfall is 12.3 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

2,724.67 feet