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Texas Safety Rest Areas feature a number of benefits designed to better serve travelers in Texas.

Each of the state's 80 Safety Rest Areas feature restrooms that are open 24 hours daily. Most rest areas have attendants on duty 24 hours a day. The remaining facilities have attendants on duty from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Safety Rest Areas: Ward County Westbound

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

Image Gallery

Another view of the interior exhibit
View of welcome entrance sign
View along windowed lobby at night
View of interior display exhibit that resembles an aircraft fuselage
spacer View of front entrance of the new Ward County Safety Rest Areas
View of front entrance of the new Ward County Safety Rest Areas


  • IH 20 - Westbound, 13 miles west of Monahans
  • Latitude = 31.5408 Longitude = -103.0639
  • 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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