The "3" rating for service should really be N/A. We didn't have any interaction with any staff members. I tried to call along the way for after hours instructions, but just got voice mail. Then we crossed into another timezone, and I realized the office had already closed. :) Easy access, right off I20. The campground is far enough back in the park that you don't hear the noise from I20. We arrived right after the sun went down, and left before sunrise. We had a reservation, but there weren't many campers there. We got a pull through site right next to the dunes. We kept talking about having to come back some time and enjoying the dunes during daylight. Then the bees arrived as we were packing up to leave. Lots of them. One family member has a bee allergy, so we ended up rushing to get out of there. Noone got stung luckily. We'd stay here again. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Travel Trailer.
No "stay off the dunes" signs here. Visitor interaction is encouraged. Park staff even rents discs for sliding down the sandy hills. Rather short hours: discs have to be returned by 4 p.m. to the office, a 1 1/2 mile away from the camping sites. Good exhibit of how sandhills are formed at the office with extras, sounds of birds, etc. Some pull-throughs best entered by turning around at the dump station and entering through the camping exit road. Short nature trail. Stay here when your RV is dirty; you'll leave with sand inside and out. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
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No shopping nearby. Town of Monahans is 5 miles away.
This is a lovely park conveniently located right off I20. The rate is $15 to camp and $4 per person admission. We were told if we did not like our site, to give a call to the office with one we selected. Very nice office staff. The dunes are beautiful and you can rent a big plastic disk to slide down. Sunset and sunrise is absolutely stunning. Water and electric (50 amp) were good. We had one of several pull through sites. Good road in, good road throughout the park and the sites pads are paved, but very narrow. Nice covered picnic table area at each site, but located in heavy sand. Bathrooms were dated but clean. We had no MIFI access with Verizon and virtually no phone service. We did get a couple of TV stations with our antenna. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Travel Trailer.
We called in the morning while on the road. One of the parks people said that they might have a site open and to come when we got in the area. When we got to the park and went to see if there was any openings, the head ranger said that the person should not have told us to come in. He said that we could park in an area with water only. We drove in and watched kids, and some adults, slide down the sand dunes. Later on, when we went to the area the ranger told us about, he was there. He told us that there was a cancellation, and we could go to that site. He said that he would only charge us the $4.00 per person fee and not the regular fee. All the sites were asphalt and fairly level. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $23.00
Excellent quick stop when travelling I-20 in West Texas. It is right off the interstate and has pull thru sites. 30/50 amp & water only. Has a free dump station if needed. If you have kids, they can "surf" in the dunes. Rate is $15.00 per night with a $4.00 per person State entry fee per day. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $24.00
You come here to experience the sand dunes which are really cool. We've been to a few sand dunes parks in the US and these are the best so far. Camping spots are nothing special. You're basically just pulling to the side of a loop and parking. We are 40' and only a few spots will work. Even if you register ahead of time like we did, the spots are first come first serve so if you get in later you may be out of luck finding a spot that will fit a larger rig. Very convenient to I-20. Verizon service worked fine. Good stop between El Paso and Dallas. Would stay here again. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $15.00
$15 per night was for a narrow but level asphalt 50-amp electric and water site. We do have the TX Parks Pass we purchased for $70 (it allows access to all 90 TX state parks) last year-otherwise it's $15 per night plus a $4 per person daily entry fee. Except for the asphalt-parking pad, the sites are all sand with a covered picnic table and pedestal BBQ unit. All sites had a 360° view of the surrounding sand dunes that are the main attraction. AT&T service was three bars of 3G. Verizon coverage was three bars of 4G LTE. We received four over-the-air TV stations. There were also several radio stations. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $20.00
Striking park. Close to interstate, but you'd never know it from the campsites. Gorgeous sand dunes surround RV and tent sites. The drive up to them is fairly hilly, road is well paved but narrow, and curves almost continuously. Some sites are pull-thrus of the sideways style, some trickier to get into than others for a bigger rig. Definitely much more big-rig friendly than many state parks however. Nothing much "to do" but that's the point at a park like this. Climb the dunes until you're worn out, then after nightfall sit and stargaze (big sky is full of em). You can also rent sleds and other sand toys from the office. A good value even with no discount. Hookups, restrooms and showers were clean and modern, though showers got just barely hot enough for comfort. If you think you'd enjoy a quiet park that feels like the middle of an enormous desert, make sure you arrive with plenty of supplies. Stores aren't easy access and if we'd realized how great the park would be, we'd have come prepared to stay longer. Bring your own wifi though. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
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Grills and picnic tables are provided. Easy access dump station on big loop next to bathhouse.
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $16.00
Nice cheap place to overnight if traveling I-20. Drive through sites that are level and have water and electric. Right off the highway and the sand dunes are a fun break. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $14.00
Price does not reflect the $3 entry fee per person per day. If you have pets, watch for sand spurs. They were in our dogs paws and in the rugs in the trailer. When we made reservations, they indicated there was $3 entry fee and even after asking they indicated it was only $3, Not crowded, there was sand everywhere. Difficult to keep out of the trailer. We stayed 2 days and close to Interstate. Different with the sand dunes and no trees. Worth visit to see. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Expect sand, sun, wind. A great state park that is easy to navigate and close to I-20. My only caution would be that if the 10-15 pull off/pull through type spots are full then big rigs will have a difficult time parking in the narrow, perpendicular spots. A great spot to stop on your way through the Texas desert! We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $20.00
Kids would probably love this park. We stopped overnight because we were tired and needed to stop. Sites were not designed for big rigs; we are 34 ft with a tow car, and we were really overlapping into the next site. Fortunately the park wasn't crowded. Very quiet; kind of like being in another world. No wi-fi but really good antenna TV. Sites are very narrow; we drove off into the sand and fortunately did not get stuck. Staff extremely nice and helpful. Would stay here again if we had to while traveling though west TX, but it's really not big rig friendly. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $14.00
Friendly staff. Clean campground. There was nothing but sand everywhere. Our campsite was a pull-through which was merely a small pull-off on the side of the road. Since the only activity at this park besides picnicking, is sliding down the sand dunes on saucers, the park had a large number of children. The wind made it impossible to use the grill. I would like to warn people that have respiratory conditions that the air has lots of sand dust in it. My husband, dog, and myself sneezed constantly. This is a unique place which we are glad to have experienced, but we will not return. In fact, we left a day earlier than planned. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $20.00
We loved this park. One camps right in among the dunes on paved sites. It is so different than most camping experiences. It was fun to walk around the park and see the different forms of dunes. The park was also covered with beautiful fall wildflowers and there is a nice walk where some are identified. The campground itself is about 2 miles off of Interstate 20, so traffic noise was not a problem. Kids were having fun "surfing" down the dunes, with boards rented at the main office. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Fifth Wheel.