It’s been called “Texas’s Largest Beach Without an Ocean.” That’s true! But it’s also a rugged West Texas town that sits atop a massive dune field that reaches deep into New Mexico. But those that travel here will find much more than just sand. To download this episode or purchase it on DVD – CLICK HERE.
The town and surrounding area are full of country cafes and awesome Tex-Mex establishments. One of my favorites is Pappy’s Bar-B-Q. This place is smoking tasty meats over mesquite and has even make it to the Texas Monthly Top 50. While I’m not usually one to recommend it – don’t miss the chicken. For a culinary oasis in the desert, head to the the Jazz Cafe. Sitting inside of a renovated theater, this place offers big city class and flavor at small town prices. Steaks are handcut, pasta plates are delicious, and you won’t go wrong order any of their daily specials.
If you’re looking for a history lesson on Monahans or Ward County, head to the Million Barrel Museum (re-branding soon to the Ward County Museum). This collection of historic buildings and artifacts is built around a concrete pit that could once hold a MILLION barrels of oil. It also houses the Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum all about the WW2 era training facility that used to be in nearby Pyote, TX teaching B-17 and B-29 pilots of the 1940’s.
Another museum not to be missed is the Roy Orbison Museum in Wink. The famed rock-and-roll musician called this town home before he hit the big time with hits like “Pretty Woman” and “Only the Lonely.” You can see relics of Roy’s childhood and even touch his last pair of prescription sunglasses.
By far the most popular thing to do in town is visit Monahans Sandhills State Park. It’s just east of town, but feels like it’s east of the Atlantic Ocean somewhere in the middle of the Sahara Desert. You can hike over the wind-swept dunes, or check-out a sled from the front office and ride them to your heart’s delight.
For those with their own mode of transportation, head up to Kermit Texas to cruise the Dunes at Kermit. This park offers a much different form of entertainment on the dunes letting visitors ride around on ATV’s, UTV’s, dirt bikes, and buggies. But remember, it is BYOB (Bring Your Own Buggy).