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Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
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.
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $25.00
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.
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.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $20.00
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.
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $20.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $25.00
We stayed here 4 nights and received 1/2 off the second night and free entrance fees for all days. We loved seeing the javalinas which were out in the early morning and evening. The park is clean and well maintained. While we were here we attended a 'Star Party' and a daytime tour at McDonald Observatory (a must do). We also walked the Fort Davis Historical Park and watched their movie, which was very educational. Additionally we drove to Big Bend National Park - so lots to do in the vicinity. We had space 20 which was a pull-through on a hill. We had the back of the trailer down near the ground and the front up as far as we could put it. No shade but a veranda over the picnic table. We would definitely come here again. Please note: If you need to wash your clothes or vehicle you can go to Alpine TX. It is 30 miles but a real nice ride. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $25.00
This park sits in a valley with the Davis Mountains surrounding it. Fort Davis is about three miles down the road with restaurants, gas and the Fort Davis National Historic Site. It cost us $25 for full hookups and cable for the first night and because we had a TX State Park Pass we did not have to pay the entrance fee and our second night cost $12.50 (you get about 4, 50% off coupons for camping when you buy the pass). The campground looks up towards the mountains and it is an easy ride of about 11 miles up route 118 to the University of Texas McDonald’s Observatory. There are 94 sites for tents, w & e, and full hookups. Bath houses were OK. Sites for full hookups 17 to 28 did not seem to be level but the area we were in 1-16 were very level and great sites. There is the Indian Lodge just up the hill with a restaurant but there seems to be concern that they recently changed the menu with higher prices and took out a number of favorite items. It is a great place to camp and when it is hot in Texas this area seems to be comfortable. There is an amphitheater, wildlife viewing, scenic overlook drive, playground, bike trail, hiking trails, primitive equestrian camping, interpretive center and dump station. We would come back! We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
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.The Happy Traveler • June 2014
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.LifeRebooted • January 2015
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.davis0056 • April 2015
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