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Davis Mountains State Park

Fort Davis, Texas


TX-118
Fort Davis, Texas 79734
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Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 30.59917
Longitude: -103.92929

Elevation: 5024' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 144
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 38

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful state park with good facilities. Our site was a level, long, eyebrow type with good hook-ups. Clear view to sky for satellite. However, don't expect Verizon cell service, just enjoy the outdoors and get away from the phone. This is one of just a few Texas state parks with full service, i. e. sewer. A really nice picnic table and covered patio was at our site. Only had one night but wished for much longer and we will be back. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The "Star Party" at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory about 15-20 miles away is outstanding and shouldn't be missed.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful experience! Very quiet, especially at night. Good water pressure and electric levels. Frequent checks by park hosts and P&W Law Enforcement which made us feel safe. Very nice bird blinds and Ranger Programs. Large skunk visited our site, but did no harm. Walked right under my chair before I saw him! "He's quite used to people!", said a Ranger. Loved the experience! Ate at Black Bear Restaurant - good food but a bit pricey; however, food has to be brought in from a good distance. 50 TV channels which helped us keep up with weather and news. A beautiful park! We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Some nice small stores and restaurants in Fort Davis. Do drive the Scenic Loop - Highways 118 and 166 loop - take 118 west from Park Entrance, loop back on 166 to Fort Davis.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

At 5000' in July the temperature was warm, but okay. The trails are great, including visiting the national Fort. We saw coyote, snake, birds, aoudads, and more. We could open the windows every night (into the high 50s). The Sheep Pen Canyon Loop is 11+ miles, but a very fun hike. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nice shopping at Porters in town. Do not skip the Overland Trail Museum in town. Other supplies at Fr. Davis Outfitters & Feed store. The Park has a nice program of presentations all week.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for 4 nights and couldn’t have asked for a better stay! A lot of wildlife come within feet of your campsite; we saw mule deer and skunks and a bull snake during our stay. We didn’t have cell service at our campsite but did when we went up the scenic road. The park isn’t but a few miles outside of Fort Davis and you can get cell service there if needed. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There’s fuel/gas, a grocery store and a few restaurants in Fort Davis. Balmorhea is approx 45 minutes away and Marfa is only about 30 away and you can’t not go to the McDonald Observatory that’s only 13 miles away. Lots of fun places to explore here!

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great park, it is and older park. Lots of wildlife. Fairly open area, down in a valley or canyon. Site was a little short and awkward, but manageable. This park also has a lodge at the end of the Park Road. Lots of hiking and a trail that leads to the National Historic site of Ft. Davis. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ft. Davis is just a few miles down the road. Groceries, and such can be purchased as well as a car wash! Historical sites as well. Fuel is also available. It can be rather hot in the summer. Don't miss Ft Davis National Historical Site. It is a wealth of history and information.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is absolutely a beautiful park nestled in the Davis Mountains of west Texas. It is quiet and peaceful. There is no hwy noise; there is no hwy nearby. Getting to the park can be an adventure. The route from the north is very scenic, but also hilly, curvy, and tiring. Coming up from Alpine is much easier. There are two areas designated for 'trailers.' The interior roads are paved and easy to navigate. The sites are not exactly 'pull-throughs,' but rather pull-offs. The area we were in (sites 17-27) is inclined, but the pads were level, but short and gravely. It really wasn't laid out with big rigs in mind. By time I got the rear wheels on the level pad, the front wheels had started up the incline. The patio featured an elevated concrete slab with a cover over the picnic table, surrounded by live oaks. This is a full hook up area and the utilities were conveniently located. Except for the cable post which was on the right side and up front. It took two 25' coax cables to reach it. The rangers who manage the park were ever present and friendly and helpful. There was also a flock of friendly turkey vultures that helped keep the grounds clean. The water pressure was strong at at 60psi as was the voltage at just under 120v. We had no cell service. It was a very enjoyable stay in a lovely area, and I would gladly return. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is plenty of hiking and biking in the park. The McDonald Observatory is a definite visit. The drug store in Ft Davis is great for lunch and there are more dining choices in Alpine.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The site was small but we fit our 23 foot trailer and truck by hanging the back end of the trailer off the pad. The turn-around at the end of the road was very tight for any trailer over about 25 feet. The picnic table and fire ring were on the wrong side of the trailer. A lot of sites were set up that way. Sewer available at some sites. The web site for making reservations was confusing, only allowing a tent to be selected. There are full hookup and electric/water only. We made reservations late, so only electric/water sites were available. Showers were hot with plenty of pressure. Lots to do. Many of the trails allow mt biking, but most are quite difficult. Beautiful sunset at the top of road inside the park. McDonald observatory is a must. Great night event, but expect it to be cold in the winter. Even the Tuesday night mid February was very busy. Wild bird blinds set up with feeders. Lots of birds. No dinner. Wifi at Black Bear restaurant and ranger's station. No Verizon cell service. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
028
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Black Bear restaurant has a small lunch buffet. Food was good, but selection is limited.

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Review Count: 173
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This State Park campground is nestled in a valley surrounded by the beautiful Davis Mountains. Interior roads and sites are paved; ours required some leveling. We had no cell phone service, but our site had full hookups and cable TV. Sites vary a lot - numbers 1 through 27 are better for big rigs, most are roadside pull-throughs. I would recommended a reservation; the larger sites were mostly full when we were there. We would stay here again. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to take Skyline Drive, within the State Park; also visit nearby McDonald Observatory, and Fort Davis National Historic Site.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The park was lovely, with plenty of wildlife. I loved the bird viewing area they set up. Close to everything in the area. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you need internet, the library in Ft Davis was excellent.

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Everyone should spend some quiet time appreciating the surrounding volcanic cradle of cliffs and valleys that are the Davis Mountains (and the animal secrets that are kept here). These are the arid and rugged "Texas Alps." This is one of the premier state parks in all of Texas, nestled at the base of a canyon where some of the most amazing campsites with full amenities are located. Avoid daily access fees by buying a $70 annual pass to any Texas state park (pays for itself in one visit). State police patrol the camping area regularly. Dark night skies sprayed with stars and precious silence await you most every evening. Indeed, McDonald Observatory is located just 16 miles up the mountain from the park. Hiking trials interconnect throughout the park, one of which makes its way to the old historic Fort Davis from Skyline Drive. Within the park is the iconic old adobe Indian Lodge, a 39-room hotel with swimming pool and restaurant offering some of the best vistas in the park. There is a wide selection of mostly level asphalt full-service pull-through RV sites with convenient, reliable utilities, including cable TV (forget satellite, cell phone or Internet service, except at specific park locations). Cable is grainy and weather dependent, but old movies are shown at the lodge and are available for use if you want them. A full complement of park ranger interpretative presentations are offered and there are plenty of reasonably nearby attractions to visit and enjoy. Monsoon season (June through September) helps make this one of the cool summer getaways in Texas. With no laundry, pickle ball courts or cramped campsites, this is a refreshing change from typical RV parks. If you like nature, great amenities and privacy you can't do much better! We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Date of stay: Nov. 28 - Dec. 10, 2018 The sites at Davis are great, but if you're in a big rig, check them all before committing. Some reviews will tell you to select sites 1-16, and those are certainly more level, but a few weren't super long and some had tree impediments. The sites on the hill 17-2? were longer, but very unlevel, so be prepared for that. The sewer connection for many of them is also uphill from where your rig. Those are really the only negative things I can say about the park. It has great trails, fabulous bird blinds, great ranger- and volunteer-led nature and survival hikes, the showers were clean with plenty of hot water, there was free cable TV at the full hookup sites, free wifi (very spotty signal, and lots of great wildlife. The Indian Lodge, a state park within the state park, is a fully operational hotel, and its restaurant, The Black Bear is open for breakfast and lunch daily. The park is only five easy miles (by car or bicycle) from the town of Fort Davis where all amenities and some cute shops are located. The old fort is also a pretty and interesting place to visit and hike around for a nominal fee. The McDonald Observatory is nearby, and they offer weekly Star Parties with a nice outdoor presentation (bring a cushion for the stone benches if it's cold out) and telescope viewing. The dark skies of the park are wondrous themselves. While you won't get any phone reception in the campgrounds, a short drive up Skyline Drive to the top will yield great signal. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park, absolutely no service though. Nice trails and breathtaking views on top of mountains early in the morning! Fog covers the surrounding streets! Great pull thru sites and large for parking, staff wasn’t too friendly but no horrible! Not much in the town for food so stop ahead! The biggest down fall is you are charged admission every day even if your camping??? Which is odd to me... We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Simply gorgeous, peaceful and plenty to do. The hiking trails are great, the place is clean. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We mainly stayed in the park for our 5 night stay, but did go to the Star Party at the McDonald Observatory. Some in our group visited Alpine, about 25 miles south. Town of Fort Davis has a well-stocked grocery store, and there's other shopping in town as well. Beautiful area that all should try to see.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We have been going to the Davis Mountains State Park for more than a decade. It is where Texans can go to escape the summer heat. We love to sit outside and enjoy the cool breezes and at night, watch the incredible night sky. While sitting outside, you may see deer, javalina, foxes, and possible even a snake, although we have never come across a snake while hiking. The state park has a lot of tent camping sites and some back-ins for RVs that offer water and electricity. There is a dump station across from the bath house. The main bath house offer a handicap bathroom for both men and women. Because of the iconic Indian Lodge, located in the park, the FHU pull through sites also have cable TV. Some of the pull through sites can be a bit tricky if you have a large rig, so opt ask about that when checking in. A new feature that will start sometime in 2019 at Texas State Parks is the option to reserve a specfic spot. Park Rangers don't know when that will start in 2019, only that it will. That will be a nice option for those who have favorite spots at state parks. There are some nice restaurants in Fort Davis if you want to go out to eat. The Black Bear Restaurant at the Indian Lodge also offers breakfast and lunch. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is an outdoor person's paradise with hikes, bike trails as well as road riding, McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis National Historic Site, and bird watching. You might also enjoy day trips to Alpine and the Museum of the Big Bend and a trip to Marfa for the art scene there. There are a couple of bicycle events in Fort Davis each year as well as some fun runs.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is a wonderful state park. Nestled in the Davis Mountains, you will enjoy cool mountain air, gorgeous views, access to wonderful hikes and mountain roads. We have a 44' motorhome and had no problem navigating to our site and getting level, but we were in the lower area (sites 1-17) which seemed more level. Water pressure is high, so use a regulator. There is an additional charge for state park access fees.

If you are in a Motorhome longer than 40', try to reserve the lower section. (sites 1-17). The other sections are hillside and do not appear very level. We saw several MH's with wheels off the ground in the higher campsites. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 3
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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