The sandhills are located on the east side of Monahans, 30 miles from Odessa beside I-20, and they have a dedicated interstate exit (no. 86). The land at either side is also sandy but quite bushy, and used for oil drilling - countless oil wells (pumpjacks) are scattered over the surrounding flat plains of the Permian Basin, for several hundred miles in some directions. The short state park road passes the self-pay fee station (entrance $3 per person in 2010), visitor center and several spurs to picnic areas and access points, then ends at a loop through the campground, next to the purest part of the sands. The active, whitish dunes rise up to 70 feet high and stretch for half a mile or so before becoming rather overgrown; the limited vegetation is a mixture of grass, shinoak, cacti and thin-leafed, yucca-like plants. The campsite has full hookups, the 25 sites are reasonably well separated and the place is a good choice for overnight stays if traveling cross-state on I-20. The surroundings are particularly serene at sunset, when the sands glow golden-orange, and the sparse vegetation creates long, delicate shadows across the surface.
Monahans Sandhills Hotels
The nearest places with hotels close to Monahans Sandhills State Park are Monahans
(5 miles) and Odessa
Map of Monahans Sandhills State Park