Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis

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#9 of 150 in Nature in Texas
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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  • August 14, 2017
    To truly experience the history of the area, bring a good pair of walking shoes and plan on spending a few hours. Bring a camera for sure.  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    This site was very well preserved and I could tell that the people who were taking care of it were in the process of trying to make it even better. I went in the morning since Texas is hot and you hav...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    A real time trip back into history in a beautiful setting. A knowledgeable and friendly ranger gave us an overview, then we took off on our own to explore the museum area, and then the buildings, some...  more »
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  • March 16, 2017
    If you are a history buff then you will especially enjoy touring the site. For all others it's still worth a stop, but doesn't have the wow-factor or amenities of some other historic sites we've been to. Then again, that's part of its uniqueness. While standing on the porch of one of the original buildings it's easy to imagine the difficulty of living here back in the 1800's. The park does a good job with signage to help explain each building/area. Be aware that everything is very spread out and it takes much walking to see it all, though they do advertise golf carts for those with mobility challenges.
  • March 4, 2017
    Fort Davis National Monument was so much more then we were expecting. We enjoyed the movie on the history of the fort. Walking the grounds and seeing some of the renovated buildings was very nice. It was fun to hear the different bugle calls. The rangers were helpful and informative.
  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful....but don't go in the summer. Fall or early spring is the best time.
  • December 30, 2016
    my family group only had about 45 minutes to look around before it closed. the rangers were so nice and let my large party take a quick look around without paying the national park fee or anything. definitely would like to visit again and spend some more time there. Very informational and interesting and a beautiful area
  • July 4, 2017
    Friendly park rangers, cool displays, lots to see. They fired some guns and a cannon, too!

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