For information on the wildflowers blooming in Big Bend National Park there is a recording at
432-477-2251, press 5.

Biking
On a clear day in far West Texas, you can see forever and most of our days are clear. If you're on a bicycle, you can ride forever. The mountains and plains around Fort Davis are a road rider's paradise, with especially nice rides for those who can ride 50 to 100 miles daily. The classic ride is around the Scenic Loop . The Scenic Loop mileage is about 75 miles. It is the most beautiful ride in Texas, bar none. The elevation change is dramatic -- from about 5,000 feet in town to a max of 6,270 with lots of ups and downs of several hundred feet in-between. No, you're not in Houston anymore. Other scenic rides take you from Fort Davis to Alpine and back, or to Marfa and back. A shorter ride with less challenging but still gorgeous terrain is a ride north from Fort Davis on Texas 118 to the base of Mt. Locke (with the twin observatories on top) and back again. Make sure you ride through the state park, too. The Permian Basin Bicycle Association sponsors the annual Fort Davis Cyclefest ride which is held the third weekend in September. For details, call (432) 699-1718.

Most privately owned land, and  Fort Davis National Historical Site do not allow riding off the pavement, mountain biking opportunities are limited. However, the Prude Guest Ranch has about five miles of trails open to mountain biking. Guests at the ranch may use the trails at no charge. For details, call 1-800-458-6232. Davis Mountains State Park has a 3.5 mile mountain biking trail for experienced bikers. check out www.bigbendcyclists.org

Camping 
Camping is extremely popular among visitors (take a look up at the stars here and you'll understand why). Tent and RV campsites are available at several locations in the area.

 

Crow's Nest Ranch - (432) 426-3300 RV Park and Campground with tent camping, 22 RV hookups, Group Camping. Located west of Fort Davis on Scenic Loop 166. Amenities include meeting rooms, restrooms, showers and laundry. Chuck-wagon available. Horseback riding. Please visit their web site for extensive details about their facility. www.crowsnestranch.com    e-mail:  crowsnest@crowsnestranch.com
 

 

Davis Mountains State Park - Developed facilities south of State Highway 118 include restrooms with and without showers; campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water, electricity, sewer, and cable TV connection. The northern half of the park, north of State Highway 118, has been designated, the Limpia Canyon Primitive Area, a special use area (fee required). Currently, it includes 10 miles of back country hiking trails with primitive campsites, a secured parking area, a host campsite (432) 426-3337
 

 

Fort Davis Inn & RV Campground - new in 1995.  Nestled next to the Davis Mountains on Hwy. 17 North (inside the city limits).  Close to Fort Davis National Historic Site, restaurants and shopping.  Enjoy full hookups, 30' x 50' spaces, cable TV hookups, 20/30/50 amps, tenting area, picnic tables, grills, showers and restrooms.  Daily, weekly and monthly rates.  For information, call (432)426-2112 or for reservations, call 800-80-DAVIS.
 

 

MacMillen in the Highlands - MacMillen RV Park & Tent camping - One half mile from downtown Fort Davis on Highway 17 South. Paved bike/walking trail to town. 20 Big Rig friendly, level pull through sites with water, sewer, 50/30 amp power, wifi, 12 channel cable TV all included in rates. Walk-in tiled showers in private dressing rooms with commodes and pedestal sinks. Laundry with TV.  Beautiful views in a quiet serene setting. Year round moderate temperatures in the highest little town in Texas . Motorcycles welcome. Well behaved pets welcome. Daily $28.00, Weekly $170.00, Monthly $350.00. Group rates available. No discounts. Email: macmillenrvpark@yahoo.com or call 432-426-2056. Web: www.macmillenrvpark.com
 

 

Overland Trail Campground & RV Park - Good Sam, Woodall's, inspected RV park. RV's, tenting, camping cabins (Small, inexpensive, rustic camping cabins, Cable TV, refrigerator, microwave) Day, Week or Monthly Rates. Airstreams for rent. Picnic Tables, BBQ, Camp Kitchen, clean showers, restrooms, Laundromat. Pull through sites, full hook ups. Free 42 channels Cable TV. RV storage. High speed WiFi access.  Walk to all Fort Davis, Pets welcome. Rates: $20.00 full hookup for RV's reserved off web site. Tent sites $15 Cabins $55-$125. Reservations Only: 1-888-478-5267 or for information (432) 426-2250 e-mail: otcamp@texascamping.com.
Click link above for website and on-line reservation.
 

 

Prude Guest Ranch -located 6 miles north on Hwy. 118 on the historic Prude Ranch. 29 full RV hookups. Showers. Conference facilities. 800-458-6232 or (432) 426-3202.

Glider Rides
Take a scenic glider ride or schedule flying lessons with our FAA Flight Instructors. The enclosed glider cockpit has two seats - one for you and one for your pilot.   Soaring is safe and fun for the entire family.  Since 1967 the Big Bend has hosted several US National Soaring contests and the 1970 World Soaring Competition that established  Texas  as a premier area for exceptional flying conditions.    Marfa Gliders is located on the Marfa Airport on Highway 17, just 18 miles south of Fort Davis, and 3 miles north of Marfa.  We fly year-round by appointment.  Call 800-667-9464,  www.flygliders.com

Hiking
The majority of land in the Davis Mountains is privately owned, which limits opportunities for hiking. However, there are still great trails that should satisfy all but the most demanding hiker.

The area's most popular hiking trail runs across a mountain ridge from the interpretive center at Davis Mountains State Park  to the grounds of the Fort Davis National Historic Site. Distance is four miles. The trail is well-marked and footing is generally sound, though hillsides in the state park may have some loose rock. Steep trail sections have switchbacks. Views from the lookout points on top, where the foot trail crosses the state park's Skyline Drive, are stunning. Hikers can start at either end, in the Davis Mountains State Park or Fort Davis National Historic Site.

Another major trail -- a 4-mile loop -- is in the state park's Limpia Canyon Primitive Area, which is roughly across the highway and just south of the park's main gate. Hikers must check in at the park office.

Several marked trails in the park head out from the main park road and Keesey Canyon into the adjoining hills. The trails are typically steep and short, but reward the effort with superb vistas.

The Fort Davis National Historic Site has four miles of hiking trails, including the section of trail that links to the state park trail. A map is available at the visitor’s center. The trails mostly climb through the striking rock formations of Sleeping Lion Mountain, with splendid vistas as the trail climbs. Interpretive signs along some trails identify vegetation and other natural features. Although the climbs can be steep, trails in the fort are well marked, footing is good and steps are provided in especially tricky sections.

For information call the State Park (432) 426-3337; National Historic Site (432) 426-3224.

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens offers numerous hiking and walking trails. For more information, you can visit their website: www.cdri.org or call 432-364-2499

Fort Davis National Historic Site hiking map.
http://www.nps.gov/archive/foda/Fort_Davis_WEB_PAGE/About_the_Fort/Hiking_Trails_Map.htm

Davis Mountain State Park map:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4501_004d.pdf

Madera Canyon Trail Map: Click here

Texas Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountain Preserve: For 2012 open days/weekends and visitor information Click Here

Horseback Riding  
With working ranches that still use cowboys on horseback, Fort Davis is surely Texas' premier horse country. Visitors who want to ride have four choices; all offer excellent saddle horses and guides.

 

Davis Mountains State Park - has a six mile equestrian trail.  Bring your own horse. Primitive camping allowed. call Park (432) 426-3337
 

   

 

Prude Guest Ranch - located 6 miles north on Hwy.
118 on the historic Prude Ranch. 800-458-6232/(432)426-3202.
 

Hunting
Davis Mountains State Park and Fort Davis National Historical Site -- do not allow hunting. All hunting occurs on the private ranches in the area, there is great bird hunting as well as exotic and native game hunting.

CF Ranch - P.O. Box 689 , Alpine, TX 79831 (432) 364-2251 offers  hunting and lodging. e-mail paco@jmkint.com

Desert Safaris, LLC
2935 Thousand Oaks #6-217, San Antonio TX 78247
Tel: 210-264-1745 or 210-764-1827
E-mail
hunter@desertsafaris.com Web: www.desertsafaris.com

H.E. SPROUL RANCH – Located in the heart of the Davis Mountains, we offer numerous free-range hunting opportunities for West Texas game, including elk, mule deer, mountain lion, aoudad, antelope, javelina, wild hog, turkey and quail. All hunts are fully guided and include hunting vehicles and horses. Home cooked meals and first class accommodations are also included in the hunt and are provided at the Ranch. Prices are available upon request. Please visit www.sproulranch.com or call 432-426-2500 for more information.

JDC Ranch Partners (Rancho del Cielo) - P O Box 3076, Kent, TX 79855, (915) 828-3542, FAX (915) 828-3556 e-mail jdcranch@rionet.coop Located 30 miles North of McDonald Observatory on Hwy 118; 7 miles south of Kent. Guided Hunts - Trophy Aoudad, Javelina. Management deer hunts.
Website:
www.ranchodelcielohunts.com  

Rocking W Ranch- 42803 Hwy 17, Fort Davis, TX. Primitive cabin and electrical hook-up with water. Mule deer, white-tail deer, aoudad, mountain lion, javelina, white wing dove, mourning dove, quail and small game available for hunting. Guiding optional. Contact: Tom Lee Waterston (432) 426-2522 or (903) 860-3027.

Jeff Davis County Park
The park offers an excellent opportunity to picnic, walk, jog, fly a kite, & more.
The park offers a children’s play area, ballpark, soccer field & restrooms. All pets must be kept on a leash & cleaned up after. Open daily 7am to 10:00pm

Jeep Tours
Davis Mountain Jeep Tours – Take a tour of the historic H.E. Sproul Ranch in a customized 4x4 touring jeep! Each regularly scheduled tour is 2 ˝ hours and includes spectacular mountain scenery and a chance to view abundant native wildlife. Custom tours including fishing or a picnic can also be arranged. Reservations may be made at the Harvard Hotel, 109 State Street, 432-426-2500. www.harvardhotelandlodge.com

The Scenic Loop Drive
Fort Davis is the starting point for one of the most scenic and un-crowded drives in Texas a
nd America. Seventy-five miles long, the drive leaves Fort Davis on Texas 118, proceeds up Limpia Canyon past Mts. Locke and Fowlkes and the McDonald Observatory and then into Madera Canyon and a quiet, pine shaded picnic area. After a left turn on Texas 166, the road passes Mt. Livermore and Sawtooth Mountain, then gradually descends, with broad views to the Sierra Viejo Mountains along the Rio Grande to the south. As you approach Fort Davis again on Texas 166, the Puertacita Mountains and Miter Peak are straight ahead.

Highest elevation on the Loop is about 6700 feet, making it the highest public highway in Texas. About 1.5 hours to drive Click here for map.

 

Volkssporting                                                                                                                       Noncompetitive. Walk, jog or run at your own pace. It is open to all and families are encouraged to participate. There are currently two walks in Fort Davis, "Walking Fort Davis National Historic Site Walk" and "Davis Mountain State Park Walk." For more information and registration visit the Outdoor Visitor Information Center located behind the Chamber of Commerce at #4 memorial Square, Fort Davis, TX.

Yoga
High Desert Yoga - PO Box 175/ 200 State Highway 17, 432-426-2497 highdesertyoga@hotmail.com
Beginning and intermediate yoga classes offered Tuesday-Friday in our beautifully remodeled studio. Certified instructor with training in Iyengar style yoga. Classes are 1 & ˝ hrs and include breathing, asana and relaxation. Hours are Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11:00 Wednesday & Friday 11:00-12:30.

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