Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis

4.8
#9 of 149 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. To visit Fort Davis National Historic Site and other attractions in Fort Davis, use our Fort Davis online tour builder .
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  • This was an excellent place to visit. Well preserved fort and some of the buildings have been restored and furnished to show how they would have looked when occupied. I really liked the background inf...  more »
  • It is a pleasant site to visit, but nothing is really original. The guide kept saying that the items we were seeing were "authentic copies". So, they were just props. There was not much of interest to...  more »
  • It was a night tour and the tour guides were dress like in the 1800's and they used lanterns to guide. We had a great time and it was free. My 7 yr old has a great time watching the people reenact the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful....but don't go in the summer. Fall or early spring is the best time.
  • 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
  • Friendly park rangers, cool displays, lots to see. They fired some guns and a cannon, too!

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