Together with the nearby
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is far removed from most other
natural attractions of the Southwest. The nearest cities are El
Paso (110 miles) or Carlsbad (55 miles). The park contains the
southern end of the Guadalupe Mountains, an isolated range
surrounded in all directions by desert, and few people visit,
due perhaps also to the lack of a central attraction, a scenic
drive or named viewpoints. Guadalupe is primarily a park for
hiking; there is a network of trails and the region has varied
climate zones with differing wildlife and vegetation,
interesting geology, and many photographic opportunities. As an
added attraction, at the end of summer the red, gold and orange
colors of the foliage in some of the canyons creates for a
spectacle as good as that in New England.
Experience the large variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery
in Texas. Texas is a very diverse state with 262,017 square
miles of territory and 624 miles of shoreline on the Gulf of
Mexico. Texas' elevation varies from zero to 8,749 feet
elevation. The population is close to 20,000,000
people, but Texas only has an average of 76 people per square
mile. The rainfall and climate varies greater with the
southeast part of Texas being wetter and the northwest being
arid. It is approximately 900 miles from one side of Texas to
the other at the widest points.
If you are a snowbird from the North, you will
absolutely love Texas. Come on down and spend a while in the
nice, mild climate in Texas.
If you are looking for a place to retire, you will definitely
want to look at Texas. Experience the large variety of
wildlife and beautiful lakes, rivers and scenery in Texas.
The prices in
Texas are reasonable. Texas is not one of those tourist states
that takes advantage of the tourists. The people in Texas are
friendly. You have heard of Southern Hospitality? You will be
treated well in Texas. You will feel very welcome in Texas.
Ward County is on the southwestern edge of the
High Plains region of southwest Texas. The center of the county
is at 31 32' north latitude and 103 07' west longitude, near the
community of Pyote. Monahans, the county seat, is in the
northeastern corner of Ward County at the intersection of
Interstate Highway 20 and Farm Road 18, thirty-three miles
southwest of Odessa on the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The area
was named for Thomas W. Ward. Ward County
covers 539,460 acres, or 836 square miles, of generally level
land; elevations range from 2,400 to 2,800 feet above sea level.
Large areas in north Ward County are composed of active,
windblown sand dunes, subject to wind erosion and sediment
transport. This area has scattered oak groves and a number of
sections commonly barren except for grasses and nongrassy herbs,
the abundance of which depends on rainfall. Along the Pecos
River in the south and west are areas of alluvial fans composed
of sand, gravel, and mud substrate. Scrub brush and sparse
grasses grow in this part of the county. Near the towns of
Grandfalls and Royalty are areas of caliche with bedrock and
alluvial material in the substrate. Scrub brush, sparse grasses,
creosote bush, and cactiqv grow in the shallow, stony soils.
Less than 1 percent of Ward County is considered prime farmland.
The Pecos River is the only continuous flowing source of surface
water in the area; the average annual rainfall is twelve inches.
Temperatures in Ward County range from an average low of 29 F in
January to an average high of 98 F in July. The average growing
season lasts 223 days. The production of petroleum and natural
gas are quite important to the economy.
County, TX hosts 836 acres in the high plains of west Texas, is
comprised of drifting sand dunes, grass land, and the largest
oak forest on earth. The trees live on 40,000 acres in Sandhills
State Park, which also boasts 4,000 acres of sand dunes. Towns
in Ward County include Grandfalls, Pyote, Wickett and Monahans,
the county seat. Temperatures average from 29 degrees in January
to 98 degrees in July. The county and surrounding cities
have low crime rates, an ample water supply, quality education
system, a well maintained infrastructure, a beautiful golf
course, and a private airport.