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Monahans Sandhills State Park
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Entrance arch at Monahan's Sandhills Park

Entrance arch at Monahan's Sandhills Park

The entrance arch at Monahans Sandhills State Park resembles arches at many large Texas ranches

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 6, 2014
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Visitor center at Monahans Sandhills

Visitor center at Monahans Sandhills

The visitor center at Monahans Sandhills was closed by the time I got there, but it provided an elevated viewpoint over the flat sandy landscape, with higher dunes in the distance

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 6, 2014
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Active dunes at Monahans Sandhills State Park

Active dunes at Monahans Sandhills State Park

Although much of the blowing sand area at Monahans is vegetated to some degree, there are areas where constant movement of the sand keeps the dunes clear.

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 6, 2014
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Vegetated dunes at Monahans Sandhills State Park

Vegetated dunes at Monahans Sandhills State Park

The climate at Monahans is not desert, but semi-arid grassland, so a fair amount of vegetation is found on the sand dunes. In wet years there can be spectacular mass wildflower blooms.

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 6, 2014
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Shinn oaks at Monahans Sandhills

Shinn oaks at Monahans Sandhills

Shinn oak, also known as gray oak and scrub oak (Quercus grisea) grows throughout the trans-Pecos part of Texas and into adjacent southwest states. It is found here on some of the higher dunes, stabilizing the sand and preserving the dune's shape and location. The oaks seldom grow more than four feet tall, but have roots reaching down fifty or more feet to groundwater.

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 6, 2014
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