Escape to the Mountains
Nestled in the heart of the Davis Mountains of West Texas, Fort Davis is a place of majestic beauty and immense historical significance. Majestic scenery and distinct wildlife abound here where the stresses of modern life simply melt away among the calm coolness of this high desert sky island.
Named a 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destination®, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, history and culture are apparent throughout the community and opportunities to learn and explore await you. The Fort Davis National Historic Site, voted one of the best preserved military forts in the southwest twice by True West Magazine®, helps explain the historic significance of this small town. The Fort will proudly unveil a new exhibit during it’s Fort Festival on Labor Day weekend in 2014.
Fort Davis | Wildlife
A visit to McDonald Observatory gives you the chance to look through telescopes and view celestial bodies in one of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. From here one can see the Milky Way with the naked eye. The scenery from the Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountain Preserve is one that you must see to believe and the Madera Canyon Trail on the edge of the Preserve is open year round for hiking. The crown jewel of the Texas State Park System, the Davis Mountain State Park, was just given the 2014 Lone Star Legacy Park Award by the Texas Recreation and Park Society for its cultural significance and longevity. The State Park also boasts a full service hotel and restaurant on site plus 13 miles of brand new equestrian and pedestrian hiking trails. The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and Botanical Gardens has over 200 species of cacti and highlights the flora and fauna of the area with hiking trails which allow visitors to see the various species in their natural environment. The 75-mile Scenic Loop meanders through the entire stretch of the Davis Mountains and is considered a top ride in the State of Texas for motorcyclists with its amazing vistas and very little traffic.
With so many choices of places to hike, bike, horseback ride, motorcycle, walk or drive, you will find Fort Davis to be an unforgettable experience. The Davis Mountains are also a birders paradise. Known as the Hummingbird Capitol of Texas, Fort Davis hosts the Davis Mountain Hummingbird Festival every August.
Although there aren't that many folks in this mile high community, the people you will meet are friendly and helpful. There are no traffic lights and no shopping malls here. In fact, Fort Davis is just one mile long but local artisans provide plenty of unique possibilities for visitors to take a piece of Fort Davis home with them. Unique shops and art galleries embellish the downtown area along with historic hotels and Bed & Breakfasts including the oldest Inn in West Texas.
Due to its low humidity and mild climate, Fort Davis is a great place to visit year round. Here you will find tranquility along with the opportunity to learn about the many different facets of this mountainous region including rare species of wildlife, distinct rock formations and exceptional plant life. The quaintness of Fort Davis will take you back in time and have you return year after year.
Fort Davis, Texas...Come Experience the REAL Frontier!