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Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis
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Explore the world of soldiers on the American frontier at Fort Davis National Historic Site. Discover the history of the military outpost from Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache raids to the short-lived camel corps and the fort's importance during the Civil War. Start at the visitor center where you can watch a short orientation film, then explore the six restored and furnished 1880s-style buildings. The site features 20 unrestored buildings and 100 ruins, which you can wander around as you keep your ears tuned for recordings of bugle calls and the sounds of an 1875 dress retreat parade, which are played at various times throughout the day. The site also offers hiking trails. Using our world travel planner, Fort Davis attractions like Fort Davis National Historic Site can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Fort Davis is one of the best (if not THE best) Civil War Era forts in the USA. It's far away from big cities and uncrowded, which enhances the experience. Set in a beautiful box canyon, the original ...  more »
  • An interesting row of officers' homes that you're able to walk through. Unfortunately, we got there too late in the day to do that so we just looked at pictures in the visitor center. 
  • This is one of the best preserved 19th century military sites I have visited in the US. It is a large and expansive area that was built at the foot of the Davis Mountains around the 1850's. The office...  more »
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  • Wonderful to go after the peak season. I had the park to myself and I spent the day exploring the ruins. The park staff were very helpful. When I was there they had a sound program that played once every hour. Talk about enriching the experience! That was awesome!
  • The best fort site in the state. Been there a dozen times and always learn something new each time we visit. Great any time of the year. History of the fort is well documented as it has changed occupancy thru its action period. When you finally realize how much this fort and it's troops had accomplished thru it's service time you actually feel bad that it was decommissioned and left abandoned for the regional residents to inhabit.
  • Exceedingly well preserved Western Fort site. This site takes a little getting to, but it's well worth a detour if you're into the history of Western Expansion. It's also probably the most scenic of all the forts I've been to. Nestled into a nook at the bottom of a sweeping cliff, the Fort itself is quite well preserved and restored. Tours here are conducted by volunteers instead of rangers, which makes them extremely colorful and entertaining. In fact, it's well worth taking an hour to get a guided insight into the place, as you'll find out a lot about its Indian War history, and possibly a little too much about its hospital. Pro-Tip: If you're feeling energetic there's a loop which runs on top of the cliff above the Fort. From here it's possible to get some truly amazing shots on a sunny day.
  • Great place to take the family. Military Buffs will love the walk through of the old barracks. 1 to 2 hours to get a good feel of the place .
  • A well preserved piece of American history. Well worth the trip. Highly recommended