Archive for March 6th, 2008

Spring Break: College Students

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

College students—take your spring break to the extreme; go on a camel trek at Monahans Sandhills State Park.

The camel treks at Monahans Sandhills State Park are pretty extreme adventures. This isn’t a short, quick tourist jaunt through the dunes… we’re talking 3,000 acres of sand dunes.

Doug Baum, who is the proprietor of the Texas Camel Corps,, guides trek participants through this Trans Pecos region park on camelback. He says exploring the dunes is better aboard a ship of the desert.

The trip themselves focus on the flora, the fauna, the history and the prehistory of the Trans Pecos Region. The camels are carrying all of our gear so it really makes exploring through the dunes very easy. They’re carrying all the water, the groceries, the tents and camping supplies. It’s a really unique way to go through the dunes and experience that very unique part of Texas.

Due to high winds in spring, Doug forewarns spring-breakers that you will get personal with sand.

Springtime is beautiful in the Trans Pecos but it can get a little windy. You can expect sand to get everywhere. Folks should get very creative when they think of where everywhere means. Sand will get everywhere.

I think we get it. Find links to Camel Corps,, at

That’s our show…with research and writing help from Alanna Jones… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.