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Texas Safety Rest Area Program - Locations
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Safety Rest Areas: Ward County Eastbound

(New replacement facility opened Fall 2012)
Ward County Westbound is the partner for Ward County Eastbound
2 sets of Men's and Women's Restrooms Drinking Water Family/Assisted Restroom Handicap Access Interpretive Displays Picnic Tables Storm Shelter

Image Gallery

View through a picnic arbor toward an airplane-shaped playground
Typical view inside a restroom
View of interior exhibit that shaped like an aircraft fuselage
View of picnic arbors with ceilings that shaped like airplane wing ribs
spacer View toward main entrance of the new Ward County Safety Rest Areas
View toward main entrance of the new Ward County Safety Rest Areas


  • IH 20 - Eastbound, 13 miles west of Monahans
  • Latitude = 31.5381 Longitude = -103.0717
  • Milepost: 69


  • 2 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.



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