For information on the wildflowers
blooming in Big Bend National Park there is a recording at
432-477-2251, press 5.
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
. 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
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
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.
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:
or call 432-426-2056. Web:
Overland Trail Campground &
Good Sam, Woodall's, inspected
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
Click link above for website and on-line reservation.
Prude Guest Ranch
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.
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,
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)
Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens offers numerous
hiking and walking trails. For more information, you can
visit their website:
or call 432-364-2499
Fort Davis National Historic Site hiking map.
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.
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.
- P.O. Box 689 , Alpine, TX 79831 (432) 364-2251 offers hunting
and lodging. e-mail
Desert Safaris, LLC
2935 Thousand Oaks #6-217, San Antonio TX 78247
Tel: 210-264-1745 or 210-764-1827
– 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
or call 432-426-2500 for more information.
(Rancho del Cielo) -
P O Box 3076, Kent, TX 79855, (915)
828-3542, FAX (915) 828-3556 e-mail
Located 30 miles North of McDonald Observatory on Hwy 118; 7
miles south of Kent. Guided Hunts - Trophy Aoudad, Javelina.
Management deer hunts.
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, &
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
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.
The Scenic Loop Drive
Fort Davis is the starting point for one of the most
and un-crowded drives in Texas and
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.
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.
High Desert Yoga - PO Box 175/ 200 State Highway 17,
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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