Texas occupies the eastern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest and most exciting desert in North America, spanning between the US and Mexico. The Monahans Sandhills State Park is home to a recreational dune field area where sandboarding, sand sledding and sand football are practiced.
Sand Dunes in Texas
Sandboarding at Monahans Sandhills State Park
The Monahans Sandhills State Park is a desert-like semi-arid area close to the town of Monahans in west Texas. While technically not a desert, it has sand dunes up to 70 feet high that are perfect for sand surfing and tobogganing. Sand boards, sand disks and sand toboggans can be rented directly at the park, and you can also reserve a campsite with water and electricity. Access to the park will cost you 4$ per day (children under 12 enter for free).
Kermit Sand Hills – Closed to the public
For years the sand hills around the city of Kermit have been a popular spot for off-road sand duning, dune surfing and camping. In 2016, the park was close to the public after being sold to a private company. It is now used for fracking and sand mining.
Salt Basin Dunes at Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Sandboarding not allowed
Another State Park of the Chihuahuan Desert, situated on the border with New Mexico and famous for its stunning White Sand Dunes. The sand takes it color from a mineral called gypsum, and forms a unique environment for both wildlife and vegetation. Because of the presence of vegetation, sandboarding cannot be practiced on the Salt Basin; thankfully, this area extends to the more sandsports friendly White Sand Dunes National Park in New Mexico which can easily be reached from Texas. White sands sledding and surfing down gypsum sand fields is a unique experience you cannot miss out on.