Ward County Safety Rest Area
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Ward County Safety Rest Area

Texas safety rest areas feature many benefits for travelers in Texas.

Our 76 safety rest areas feature 24-hour restrooms. Most locations have attendants on duty 24 hours a day. Other locations have attendants on duty from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Ward County

Ward County eastbound


  • IH 20 - Eastbound, 13 miles west of Monahans.
  • Latitude/longitude: 31.5381, -103.0717
  • Mile marker: 69

Ward County southbound


  • IH 20 - Westbound, 13 miles west of Monahans.
  • Latitude/longitude: 31.5408, -103.0639
  • Mile marker: 69


  • Two sets of men's and women's restrooms.
  • Interpretive displays.
  • Air-conditioned lobby and restrooms.
  • Picnic tables.
  • Drinking water.
  • Playground.
  • Family/assisted restroom.
  • Separate truck and passenger parking.
  • Group picnic facility.
  • Storm shelter.
  • Handicap access.


  • New replacement facility opened Fall 2012.
  • The nearby town of Monahans hosts a number of annual events, including the Freedom Fair, the Greenthumb Show, the AQHA Quarterhorse Show, all held in July; a Pecan Perfection show in November, and a Christmas Parade each December.
  • The replacement building design is influenced by a nearby abandoned military base, Pyote Army Airfield or "Rattlesnake Bomber Base" which served a critical mission during World War II. Influenced design elements include tall hanger concrete buttresses, barrel vaulted roof shape, and steel rafters that resemble airplane wing ribs.
  • The county was named for Thomas W. Ward (1807-1872): architect, general contractor, war veteran, land commissioner, and city mayor.
  • Located in the "Big Bend Country" region of Texas. Visit our Texas Highways Magazine to find out interesting places and events happening in this region.