Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis

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  • Davis Mountain State is home of McDonald Observatory. Visit in day and go for star watch at night. During day there are many hiking trails. Go to the city and have a meal at the drug store converted t...  more »
  • West Texas is a little known treasure in Texas. I love this area! Davis Mountains State Park offers full RV hookups, camping sites and so much to do such as hiking for all levels, birding, wildlife vi...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite state parks in Texas. Do the hike that starts at the bird watching station and ends at the Indian Lodge. It is amazing.  more »
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  • Bureaucratic Incompetence PROS: Hiking, close to McDonald Observatory, thorough ranger talks, good water. Beautiful scenery. CONS: Paid $20 too much due to state park reservation system*1. Too smokey due to a “Prescribed Burn” program in the park. No cell coverage*2. Picnic table on wrong side of rig. Unreliable electric pedestal: had to wiggle the connection to get it to work. Then the electric went up and down during the night, repeatedly tripping the transfer switch in the rig. I called maintenance and all they did was reset the breaker. It should have been replaced since it could damage the rig. Restaurants in the town of Fort Davis are expensive: $13 for a burger and milk shake meal and $18 for a gourmet burger meal. Boring downtown historic district walk: only three expensive specialty shops and some hotels were open: not unique, not interesting to us. Cops are crawling the town looking for the slightest infraction. There are flashing speed signs: I was one MPH over the limit, the sign flashed and and a cop got on my tail. He did not stop me though. Dump station and picnic table on wrong side. Not customer focused. *1 We had to make two reservations to stay two nights due to the prescribed burn program. Upon arrival, when we tried to settle this clerical mistake, they charged a $10 reservation change fee since the reservations were already made online. The ranger had no remorse that their incompetence that led to the overpayment and we were not happy. Their business motto is “Satisfaction not guaranteed”. Texas State Parks charge a daily use fee PER HEAD: very expensive. For a family of five, this could cost up to $280 per week. *2 AT&T and Verizon coverage maps showed coverage in the campground. However the reality was ZERO coverage since the campground is in a “bowl” of mountains.
  • Must visit place if you are in the Big Bend area. Great hiking trails, nice camping sites, and to top it, there is Skyline drive ! Make sure you have a good car and hood driving experience, too. The drive takes you on the top of a hill and you can view distant landmarks like McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, other peaks of Davis mountains. Don't miss this part. Steep slopes to drive.
  • Nice, well maintained state park nestled in the Davis Mountain Range. Campgrounds fill fast so reserve earlier than you think you need too. Bathrooms with running water, hot showers. RV hook up sites with electric and water. Sites are close together but with the electric access, no one was running generators- my pet peeve. You do have all the traffic noise funneled into the valley however. The sky is incredible at night, almost no light pollution. Javalinas roam the grounds so be aware and clean up after yourself. Current burn ban at this time, have just finished a prescribed burn. Do have ice at the bathrooms for donation of $2. Lodge is being renovated so no accommodations there. Easy hikes throughout the park, completed with the kids in sandals but again, not 14'ers here. Overall an enjoyable time
  • Surprisingly well managed camping area. We were there after thanksgiving and the site was not full so we were given the chance to drive around and pick the spot we liked. Most spots are quite separated from each other so privacy is excellent. Restrooms are heated with showers and running hot/cold water. Sites have power outlets and water faucet and table and bench. You can park your car right next to your tent.
  • Nice camp ground. Lovely trails to hike...a nice upward climb. Windy up in the hills, in February, at least. Camp staff and police friendly and helpful. The bathrooms are kept clean and warm (February).
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