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. To visit Fort Davis National Historic Site and other attractions in Fort Davis, use our Fort Davis online tour builder .
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  • If you want to learn more about forts in west Texas, this is a must see. Nice furnished buildings with lots of period items of the soldiers and their lives. Great for families too.  more »
  • I must confess this is our second visit. The site has made improvements since our last visit. I am happy to see our tax dollars put to good use! The Commissary had a fun game for kids (and teens and t...  more »
  • This is an excellent way to spend a historical couple of hours. Very interesting and very well preserved, and a great way to learn about life in the area during the last half of the 1800's...  more »
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  • This is a great place to get out and really experience history. They have a really mini museum with several exhibits. They also have a nice gravel trail around the ruins of the fort. My 10 year old son's favorite part was the golf cart. If you would like you can use a golf cart to get around the grounds. If you are into history this definitely worth a stop.
  • National Park Service facility in the village of Fort Davis, protecting a once vital cavalry fort in the Trans-Pecos region. Located near the intersection of TX 17 and TX 118, the park contains a visitor center and a large number of buildings (barracks, hospital, etc.) spread beneath a long, striking mesa. This is a FEE AREA and a DAY-USE ONLY area, meaning there is an entrance fee, there are no facilities for camping, RV's, etc. and the gates close at 5 PM CST. Camping and lodging can be found in nearby Davis Mountains State Park. Whatever your mode of transport, the Trans-Pecos requires reasonable adult preparation and reasonable expectations, so plan accordingly before you visit.
  • Good place to spend an afternoon. Weather was perfect on the day we went. They offer golf carts for those who need them. Otherwise, bring comfortable shoes and water. Lots of walking between various buildings.
  • I love it here! Nice trails to go hiking. Good price for annual pass. Love the exhibits. Staff is also very nice and knowledgeable.
  • Great place to take the family. Staff is extremely knowledgeable, and helpful. Great way to go back in time and get a small glimpse of what it was like to live in the old west. History that you walk through is the best way to learn.

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