Monahans Sandhills State Park
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Sand-Surfing at Monahans Sandhills State Park
Who says you need big waves—or even water—to spend an awesome day surfing? At Monahans Sandhills, a 200-mile-long dune field that extends from just outside Odessa across the Texas/New Mexico border, the 70-foot mounds of sand make perfect stand-ins for surging breakers. (The dunes grow, ebb, and change shape according to seasonal winds, so they’re really not so different from ocean swells.) Start by renting a sandboard or a sled at Monahans Sandhills National Park headquarters. Then follow the footprints of other visitors to the crest of nearby dunes—and start your ride. For more information about Monahans Sandhills, and other outdoor-sport locales in Texas, visit
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