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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  • Pretty well-preserved fort. Most remains are from final use by US Army but footings from original fort design can still be easily seen. Good museum/interpretive center detailing history of fort. Good signage throughout fort detailing use of buildings and history. Nice hiking trails. Not too difficult, we hiked with 7 & 9 y/o boys no problem. Overlook gives AMAZING view of Fort and town. Camera trail has nice view of Fort as well.
  • Revisited in Mar 18 after last being here in 1994. Still a great site for families, military history buffs, and those who just want to see some picturesque preserved (and ruined) structures in a beautiful setting. Others have already reviewed the other details, so I'll just recommend making a visit whether for a picnic, a couple hours, or an entire day if you hike the trail to the State Park.
  • We stopped here in Fort Davis only because we were in the area for the Star Party. I had no previous knowledge of (or interest in) Fort Davis. I was pleasantly surprised to find a gorgeous setting, and a beautiful, well-preserved military installation. My daughters did the Junior Ranger program, which I recommend, as it gives them so much more context for what they're seeing. The Rangers were kind in helping the kids gather information. We spent right under 2 hours wandering and exploring with 2 children (ages 8 & 5).
  • Cool fort to visit with awesome views. Very neat place to learn about our history and how our ancestors lived. It really makes you appreciate the things we have. The Jr . ranger program was fun and had us walking all over thefort.
  • If you are into history, come here with hours to spare. The buildings and layout of the Fort are magnificent. Getting to walk on the road that was the reason for the Fort, just makes you feel the history. There is tons to learn and see here. I recommend it to anyone with a desire to see history.
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