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Monahans Sandhills Treks
In Monahans Sandhills State Park, I offer camel-assisted walking treks focusing on flora/fauna,
history/prehistory and my camels carry all our gear. Participants will learn to load, unload and work
the camels as we move through the dunes. Guests must be able to hike between 3 and 5 miles per day in
Based on my own experiences in the Sinai and Sahara deserts, these treks mirror the basic way of life
of the Bedouin, who have lived in the desert for thousands of years. Visually, Monahans Sandhills State
Park appears to be a slice of the Sahara, taken out and placed in the West Texas desert. In Monahans I
offer overnight treks.
"As the story of the Texas Camel Corps shows, Baum is a man who brings dreams to life." Texas Monthly
"The trek is a classroom of sorts..." Southern Living
"Throughout our two-day, 11-mile trek, Doug and fellow guide Steven Evans talk about ranching heritage, geology and wildlife. We saunter past creosote bushes, ocotillo and lechuguilla. We stir up mule deer and javelinas." Texas Highways
"Some folks find camels to be aloof, with their snouts held so snootily in the air. Some find them clumsy and comical. But I find them irresistible." Texas Parks and Wildlife
The awesome image of limitless sand dunes will transport you to another time and place. Simple, one-pot meals are
standard fare and all gear and equipment is packed on the camels. This is as close to a true Saharan experience as
you can get without going there.
Sleeping arrangements are basic, portable tents or simply out on the
dunes if you like. This is truly roughing it, so make sure you know
your own limits! Monahans Sandhills State Park is conveniently
located on Interstate 20, less than a 45-minute drive from Midland
International Airport which is served by most major airlines.
Total cost per person- $400 for overnight trek. Kids 14 and under
half price. All meals, guides and State Park fees are included.
Texas Camel Corps has been featured in True West Magazine (June 2009), US Airways Magazine (February 2008), National Geographic Adventure (April 2004), Texas Monthly (November 2003), NY Daily News (March 2003), Fort Worth Star Telegram (December 2002), NY Times (April 2002), Texas Highways (Febraury 2002), AAA's Texas Journey (January 2002), Southern Living (May 2001), and Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine (January 2001).
E-mail or call the Texas Camel Corps at (254)675-HUMP (675-4867).