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Monahans Sandhills State Park
Monahans, Texas

I-20/US 80

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Camel riders in Monahans Sandhill State Park
Camel riders in Monahans Sandhills State Park.
Photo by Doug Baum
5 miles East of Monahans is one of the most interesting arboreal oddities in the United States - a miniature forest of (Havard Oak) trees that only reach waist high. The sandhills themselves comprise 4,000 acres of sand dunes, while the "forest" occupys 40,000 acres, making it technically one of the largest oak forests in the U.S. The park opened in 1957 and is managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us.htm


In Quercus Veritas by Mike Cox
"When cartoonist friend Roger T. Moore, a West Texan with a sense of humor as big as one of the dozens of wind turbines looking down on his ranch, told me that the largest oak forest in North America covers some 40,000 acres near Monahans, it sounded like a setup.... Not many people know it, but Ward County does indeed have the U.S.’s largest concentration of a species called the Havard oak... For those who are interested, the “forest” is readily accessible from the paved roadway that winds through the park....more"


Monahans Sandhills State Park History Cartoon by Roger Todd Moore
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