Monahans Sandhills State Park

Friday, December 23 through Monday December 26, 2005

Monahans Sandhills State Park must be pretty unique. At least I've never been in a park that was similar. It is a desert. Like the Sahara. Sand everywhere. The park consists of rolling, blowing sand dunes. The few park roads snake their way between the sand dunes. The campsites are literally on the edge of the dunes. And best of all, the wind blows all of the previous day's tracks away. The wind reforms the park every time it blows. I felt like the first explorer while trudging out over the dunes. Snow white and clean. Drifting and blowing. See all of our pictures from Monahans Sandhills State Park here.

On the outer road on Interstate 20 a few miles east of the little West Texas town of Monahans is the entryway to Monahans Sandhills State Park.

At night, from the tops of the taller sand dunes, looking west, you can see the lights from Monahans.

From the top of our trailer parked at our campsite, you can see how the sand dunes crowd into the campground.

The park staff was very helpful and nice.

Here I am waiting on a sand dune for the dawn to come.

Here comes the sun. Peeping up over the dunes. Painting the landscape in sun burst colors.

The dunes are stabilized by some vegetation. The shrubs/bushes in these pictures are pretty common.

The day use area at sunset. There is an Aeromotor windmill that is in pretty good shape.

At night, the stars are bright, deep in the heart of Texas. I painted the windmill with my flash light.

An oil derek slumbers in the moonlight.

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