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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 yes
  • 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 no
  • 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 yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

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: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

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: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 11

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: 43
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 15

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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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 18

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

Longer Motorhomes note that the sites 18-27 do not allow you to get fully level. Sites 1-16 appeared to be more level. Used three blocks under each front jack which made for a long step down and still was not completely level. Utilities are located mid site but the sewer connection is so high that it is almost useless. Only worked by allowing sewer hose to remain constantly full up to my outlet pipe. Yes, there is cable TV but the connection is on the opposite side of the pad thus requiring a long cable. Covers over picnic tables are nice. Large grassy area between sites. Fire pit with BBQ grate but burn ban was in effect when we were there. Verizon was no service until you head toward Ft. Davis on TX118. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Fort Davis is interesting. Maria for the "lights" at night. McDonald Observatory is quite good.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Very Nice State Park RV Campground. Our Site was great. Plenty of space for our 22' Winnie and F-150 Truck. Would stay here again. A big plus with Sewer Hook Ups. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
Site 8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Rate is $25 + $6 per person/per day = $37 for the 2 of us. Located right in the Davis Mountains, the park offers trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding (bring your own horse, I guess). Several trails run loops up the nearby mountains and back. The park is quiet and wonderfully dark. It is quite a ways off the interstate via 2-lane paved roads. Roads and pads within the park are paved, and some (like ours) ran up a hill, so may require some leveling front-to-back. Electric & water were good, though older. The sewer has the "hinged aluminum cap" arrangement that make it hard to install a donut and elbow, and on top of that, some are actually raised so it's as high as my valve... our was essentially uphill, so we used the dump station. Some sites have partial shade and spacing is generous. Not a lot of amenities are offered, but there is a playground, ice and bins to recycle paper/plastic/aluminum. Connectivity is poor. No service for VzW unless you hike to a ridge, and then it's iffy. There is public WiFi but it is slow. Essentially no stores or gas stations near the park.... get it before you get too far from I-10. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

McDonald Observatory is 20 minutes away and offers programs a couple evenings a week.

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Nice place to use as a base to tour the Davis mountains. FHU sites 1-16 are all good, 17-26 you may or may not have leveling issues. no cell or OTA TV in park. 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
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Eat at Reata in Alpine

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Probably the prettiest campground I've ever rv'd in. Beautiful park and very nice facilities and sites. But the sewer hookups get a big "Come on Man!" Don't let that dissuade you from staying, its a wonderful park with wonderful local attractions; hiking, Fort Davis, McDonald Observatory. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
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
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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 8

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

So I would have given it a better rating based on the beauty/solitude of the area but the fees are just ridiculous. Also, the nightly rate of $25 is only the BASE rate. You then have to add $6 per person, per DAY to that rate. So an additional $12 per night for a couple. Unless you are a senior and they reduce it to $3. AND, we had to cut our stay from four nights (our original reservation) to three nights and they charged me $10 for THAT! BOO, Texas State Parks!! Upon arrival we were informed that the Black Bear Restaurant at the lodge was closed until further notice due to a needed boiler repair. And the roof of the beautiful lodge had bright orange plastic taped all over the top - so no photos. I sure hope they use those exorbitant fees to fix things up!! No internet, cell service or antenna TV - we actually LOVE that part. Very pretty area and nice that a state park has full hook ups and can accommodate our 43 foot 5th wheel. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Visit the very interesting Fort Davis and have lunch at the quaint Fort Davis Drug Store.

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8

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

Camped in site 20 a full hookup site with cable - very nice site and even had Wifi - cable hookups are on the opposite side of the site so bring plenty of cable - love the campground and Skyline drive - good grocery store in town We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Really enjoyed our stay here. Very nice setting. No wifi or cell phone coverage here though, had to drive to Ft. Davis to get reception. If want TV reception need Dish or pay for loop that offers cable. Very close to McDonald Observatory. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

McDonald Observatory, Ft. Davis National Site

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 13

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

Pretty park near McDonald Observatory and Ft. Davis. The free internet hardly worked our entire stay, nor did our hotspot or cellphones. You can drive up to the top of the mountain for cell phone connectivity. Many spots were private, although ours wasn't as private. Full hookups made life easy after our recent dry camping. The sewer drains were high off the ground, which made draining a challenge. 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
19
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
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:

McDonald Observatory nearby. Make sure you make reservations ahead of time for the star party or the daytime tour as they sell out quickly!

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