Destination :: Davis Mountains State Park

  • Davis Mountains State Park: A person stands on a hilltop viewing tower with dramatic clouds overhead.

    Viewing tower at the top of the scenic drive. May 2018. Image 1/4

  • Davis Mountains State Park: A view from a hill top across a desert plain with mountains in the distance.

    View from the top of the scenic drive. May 2018. Image 2/4

  • Davis Mountains State Park: Several hilltops are visible with mountains in the background; a leafless tree is in the foreground.

    View from the top of the scenic drive. May 2018. Image 3/4

  • Davis Mountains State Park: A view of sun-lit hills with dark clouds overhead.

    View from the top of the scenic drive. May 2018. Image 4/4

Davis Mountains State Park is a 560-acre park located in the scenic Davis Mountains. The trail system connects to the historic Fort Davis, which is managed by the National Park Service.

Brief History

8,000 B.C.E. - late 1800s
Native tribes occupy the Davis Mountains.1
1583
Spanish explorer Antonio de Espejo is the first known European to travel though the area.
1846
Following the Mexican-American war, westward expansion of the United States begins in earnest, with many making their way to or through Texas. The Kiowa and Comanche tribes begin raiding the colonists.
1854
Fort Davis is constructed in the Davis Mountains to protect settlers and travelers.
1891
Fort Davis is abandoned.
1923
The Texas State Parks Board investigates the Davis Mountains as a potential site for a state park under the direction of the Texas State legislature; lacking either land appropriations or donations, the project stalls.2
1927
The Texas State Legislature orders the development of the Davis Mountains Scenic Loop on donated right of way land through the Davis Mountains.3
1933
Local landowners donate 560 acres to the state, and Davis Mountains State Park is established.
1933-1935
The Civilian Conservation Corps develops many of the park facilities, including Indian Lodge, a mess hall, a recreation hall, and fireplaces.
1940-1942
The CCC performs additional work for the park.4
1967
An additional 24 rooms are added to Indian Lodge.

Location

Fort Davis, Texas, 79734
United States

Website

Evaluation

Let’s Do It Again Real Soon

Due to some health issues during my visit, my activities within the park were limited to driving the scenic road and hanging out at the campsite. The views were fantastic and the park was quiet, making my visit enjoyable—if not as active as I would have wished.

Quick Statistics

Established
1933
Size
560 acres

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise noted, information about the park and park history is from "Park History," TPWD.
  2. "Davis Mountains," TPWD.
  3. "Davis Mountains," TPWD.
  4. "Davis Mountains," TPWD.

References

  • "Davis Mountains." The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Accessed September 5, 2018. Link.
  • "Park History." Davis Mountains State Park. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Accessed September 5, 2018. Link.