Fort Davis, Texas

Davis Mountains State Park

Fort Davis, Texas



Fort Davis, Texas
Phone: (432) 426-3337

Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $25 4/2015

Latitude: 30.5991703940339
Longitude: -103.929290771484

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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94 Reviews

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davis0056

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
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Stayed here in April 2015 for 8 days. Site was mostly level and had cable TV which was great because VERY limited wifi and no ATT. Sites are very shady so satellite reception is limited unless you have a portable unit. Staff are friendly and constantly patrolling the area. Charcoal fires allowed most of the time, wood fires allowed unless winds are over 15 MPH. Skyline drive from within the campground gets you to ATT and WIFI access if needed. We saw no wildlife though some friends had a javelina (which were said to be plentiful) come thru their campsite. Very quiet campground after 10 PM even when the campground was full the day before Easter. Had lunch at state park restaurant which was awful and expensive!!! Store is very limited. We stay at a lot of Texas state parks and this one rates as one of the best in the state. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Fifteen miles from McDonald Observatory and twenty from Marfa (lights). Round trip drive (80 miles) with great views with interesting rock formations. Town of Ft Davis is typical small Texas town. Ft Davis historical site is well maintained and VERY interesting. Ft Davis Drugstore is the in-place for a bite to eat.

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Cactus Jack

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
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We are repeat visitors. Good electric service and water pressure. Excellent cable tv. Park and office staff were the greatest! Area routinely checked and we felt safe. Wonderful bird viewing blinds for bird watchers, and very nice ranger programs during the week. Very quiet, especially at night. Nice shade and cool temperatures during April. And we had a decent meal at the Black Bear Lodge. We'll be back! We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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monkeyandbanzi

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $28.00
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This was a lovely state park campground. Not very many sites to accommodate 40' or over but the upper area has limited number of pull thru sites. Trees branches do hang low in the lower section so we couldn't drive our rig to park in any of those. We had long pull through but it did have a forward slope. We were able to level however utilizing the middle/back of the site. Our sites were gravel but some smaller sites were asphalt topped. Cable tv at most sites although we couldn't use it as to the location of the cable box on our site. No satellite tv, cellular service/internet unless you drive up top the mountain or into town. Saw deer and javelinas roaming around. Based on other park in the immediate area, we would definitely stay here again. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

McDonnell Observatory, drive into Alpine/Marfa or take the scenic loop drive.

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The Griffins

Review Count: 71
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $25.00
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Beautiful state park! The rangers were very helpful and patrolled the area frequently. There are programs at the interpretive center. Great place to stay if you are going to McDonald Observatory and Fort Davis. Be sure to stop by the Fort Davis Drug Store! Great food and service! We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

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LifeRebooted

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $25.00
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David Sate Park is on the mountainside, about 5 minutes away from town. The campground is pretty and peaceful with a lot of space between campsites. There is little light pollution which makes for amazing night skies. We were at a FHU site which worked fine. On the cold mornings (20-25 degrees), the water pipe would be frozen, but it would thaw once the sun came up. The site is paved with a concrete patio which has a metal awning for cover. While there, the county had a burn ban in effect, but the campground has discretion on whether you can have a fire, usually based on wind speed. They will post at the entrance and at each restroom area whether campfires are allowed that day.

Our site was very unlevel front to back which required a fair number of boards to even us out. They have wifi which was iffy at best. There is almost no ATT or Verizon signal. We were able to use our cellular booster to get some usable Verizon data. There are a fair number of trails for us to walk the dogs, but a lot of sand spurs which meant booties for the dogs. Texas State Park pass gives you half off your second day of camping. We would stay here again. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

The town has a small grocery store, liquor store, couple of small restaurants. Enough for the basics and Alpine is about 30 minutes away if you need more extensive supplies. McDonald Observatory is about 15 minutes away and has some great programs for the public. The prices are good and the views are great, definitely worth checking out.

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nazpaz

Review Count: 75
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $25.00
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The park is located in a beautiful valley with scenic views all around. A drive up the park’s Skyline Drive shouldn’t be missed. The nighttime sky is amazing – something underscored by the nearby world class McDonald Observatory. The park has many campsites plus a lodge. Several of the sites are full hookup, 50 amp, pull through sites with picnic tables and shelters. It’s a commitment to come to this state park which is 200 miles east of El Paso and 400 miles west of San Antonio. However, it’s less than an hour south of I-10 which makes it a good addition to a trip across west Texas via that route. Our Verizon cell service was poor to zero. The campground does provide several WiFi locations. We found them to be pretty slow and they tended to drop our connects. However it was better than nothing. Also, we had cable TV available at our site. All in all, we think this is a campground that shouldn’t be missed. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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6thGenerationTexan

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $25.00
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The staff here is delightful. We happened to meet both the park manager and the TPWD district manager. There were heavy rains in the mountains so the seasonal creek our campsite overlooked became a rushing stream for a few days. There are great program for children. The rangers kept our five year old's attention which is no small feat! We really enjoyed the bird watching stations and the hiking. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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The Happy Traveler

Review Count: 85
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $20.00
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This campground is in a mountain desert setting at 5000 feet and is a gem. It is a great place to enjoy being in an arid environment without the intense heat you may encounter at lower elevations. Campsites were asphalt paved, picnic table aluminum, and usually spacious around each site. Hookups worked fine. High pressure water, so be sure to use a pressure regulator! Some sites were quite sunny, while others had a nice compliment of trees. Bathrooms and showers were simply not clean. Heavily used by tenters, and too few facilities. Cspire phone service was zero bars and zero data. No TV service on the batwing. The roadways for average bicycling were not extensive, so this is not the best casual bicycling experience. Hiking is much better with the extensive trail system. We were initially given a site near the campground entrance turn and we were not happy campers. All campground and scenic drive traffic passed that point. We felt like we were camped at a highway rest area. Additionally, on our first night, a loud group of some 20 people came in at 11 PM and set up tents for the next two hours, talking at volume as if it were the afternoon. I went down to the lodge to complain about the noise, but park police would not answer to repeated calls by the lodge night clerk. Frustrating. We asked to be moved the next morning, and we ended up at the end of our loop in a desert mountain scene paradise. Needed extensions on my hoses and electric cord. Two bird blinds make for excellent birdwatching. Wildlife in the campground was outrageous and fun to watch. Mule deer and javelina came right through campsites while we were eating dinner with friends at the picnic table. In Fort Davis just four miles away, the grocery store is well stocked, but pricey. Humane Society Thrift Store was worth the time. Went to Alpine to the Museum of the Big Bend on Sul Ross University campus. Excellent museum! McDonald Observatory Star Party was disappointing. Better telescopes exist with our hometown astronomy club. Museum there was not well maintained, with numerous broken exhibits. We would camp here again in a heartbeat. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

In Fort Davis just four miles away, the grocery store is well stocked, but pricey. Humane Society Thrift Store was worth the time. Alpine to the Museum of the Big Bend on Sul Ross University campus. Excellent museum! McDonald Observatory Star Party. Museum there was not well maintained, with numerous broken exhibits.

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Cactus Jack

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $25.00
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We were in the full hook-up section which had cable TV which is really nice! Water pressure was good as was electric service. However, sewer connections were above grade and unusual. Good birding location with two bird blinds with water features. We had a pair of elf owls visit our campsite (number 6) for 3 nights in a row at dusk which was a big hit with us and our fellow campers. Excellent food at the Black Bear Restaurant at the Lodge. Each staff member with whom we had contact was absolutely great. We plan on returning! We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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SailorGolf

Review Count: 49
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $25.00
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Excellent home base for McDonald Observatory and Ft. Davis State Park. Local grocery is limited and fuel is sparse, so be prepared. Sewer hook-up was difficult with the closure they had and not below grade level. Wonderful hiking areas and a nice drive loop and the scenery and 'quiet' were amazing! Must be close to sender for WiFi but is possible. Sites were mostly level and somewhat shaded. Would certainly stay here again if in the area......who needs a 'resort' when good enough will do! We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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obxblond

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $25.00
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Full hookup with cable sites available as well as just electric/water. Full hookups were all pull-through sites with nice picnic tables. Most had some shade available, but a few were without. Park is very convenient to McDonald Observatory and I would strongly recommend a visit to the facility. I attended an afternoon tour of facility and the Star Party offered 3 nights a week. What fantastic presentations for both programs. You do have to drive up a winding road to get there - it's the highest road in Texas - but it's well marked. Quite a few trails to hike at the park but my time was limited and I did not get to enjoy any of them. Two Javalinas walked through the campground one evening, helping themselves to any food left out. They were not intimidated by people nor were they aggressive toward people standing nearby to take photos. Park was clean, bathrooms spotless, ice and firewood available although fire restrictions at time of visit. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

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PERRELLAS

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $25.00
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We love this campground even though the sites are tight for our 45' with slides. We stayed in 16 last year and 9 this year. Now that they have Wi-Fi we don't need to drive to the lodge for emails. Cell access is still not available unless you drive to the top of Skyline Drive but take the drive at sunset or sunrise and the view is amazing. Wildlife is everywhere, they have a new birding view area, the lodge is nice and the breakfast buffet is great. It's quiet, easy access in and out, and the staff and rangers are friendly. Not much of a town in Fort Davis but Alpine is close and there are lots of historic sites to see in the area. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

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starcraft35

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $25.00
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Clean, nice roomy sites, level sites, nice amenities (nature center, Lodge, scenic drive to the top, hiking). The McDonald Observatory was an excellent evening trip up the mountain--well worth the money and time. The stars were phenomenal since the area is so dark. Highly recommend this destination. Excellent staff. Lots of javelinas roaming the campsites (could have been due to the park being just opened from an extended closure). We only stayed two nights but wish we could have stayed longer. We plan to return. The park was relatively empty the last week of December. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Recon4

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $20.00
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Davis Mountains State Park will be closed to all day and overnight use from Tuesday, September 3, 2013 through February, 2014. Indian Lodge will remain open for overnight lodging, and the Black Bear Restaurant will be open during standard business hours. The closure is due to major upgrades being done on the park’s utility systems; in addition the trail system in the Limpia Canyon Primitive Area will be improved and six miles of trail added. The park’s new bird viewing area will also be completed during this time. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

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Traveller Excel

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $25.00
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We stayed here for 4 days. Perfect place, silent during day and night. Used 2 of our coupons, second day half price, so extended after two days. WiFi only at hotel and information center. Lots of birds, javelinas. Pull-throughs are good, some are a little better for a big rig, but they know at the front desk. Even cable at the full hookups. Perfect we will come back. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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