Davis Mountains State Park consists of 2,708.9 acres in the Davis Mountains, which is the most extensive mountain range in Texas. The elevation ranges from 5,000 to 6,000 feet, which makes for a pleasant summer climate. During our stay, the daily highs were in the low 90s and the nightly lows were in the low 60s. After baking in 105 degree weather for the past 3 months, this felt great.
After setting up our trailer, we drove around the park to see how much it had changed since our last visit there in the early 1990s. It looked relatively unchanged. One of our favorite areas of the park is Skyline Drive, the roadway which goes to the summit of the highest point in the park. From here, views of the surrounding countryside are outstanding.
Below are a series of pictures taken from our perch atop Skyline Drive.
|Our trailer in red circle. Large structure at top is Indian Lodge, the historic hotel built in pueblo fashion by the CCC in the early 1930s. Campground is located along Keesey Creek.|
|Same picture as above, but showing greater vista and how the park is located in a valley.|
|Highway 118 weaving north along Limpia Creek.|
|I've always liked how light and shadows play against a mountain background.|
|True West Texas high plateau ranch country. Looking south towards Marfa and Alpine. Structure in right center is massive greenhouse where Ft. Davis hot house tomatoes are grown.|
|Rocky canyon in foreground. Mitre Peak in center distance. Looking towards Alpine.|
|Mount Locke with domes in center. Another observatory on Mount Fowlkes towards the right.|
|Park entrance in center off Highway 118|
Over the next several days -- as time allows -- I'll post entries for Ft. Davis National Historic Site, McDonald Observatory, and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.