The 2,709 acre park is located about 4 miles northwest of the small but interesting town of Ft. Davis. The Civilian Conservation Corps began work on the park in 1934. Oak and juniper trees are common throughout the park, especially along Keesey Creek, which roughly parallels the main park road from the entrance to the Indian Lodge. In recent years, the park has acquired additional land across Highway 118. This land now forms the Limpia Canyon Primitive Area. This area, ranging from about 4,900 feet of elevation to 5,700 feet, provides primitive and equestrian camping and 11 miles of equestrian trails.
The park offers more than 100 camp sites, ranging from primitive hike-in sites to 30 and 50 amp full hookups. To my knowledge, the park is one of the few in the state park system that provides cable TV hookups. Because of its remote location, you need cable or a satellite system to pick up TV reception. We were unable to even pick up a radio station or a cell phone signal. WiFi was available from our site, but the signal was week. We were able to check email and do some basic web surfing though, such as looking at maps, researching places to visit, and so forth.
|Our campsite, #24. All sites in our camping loop have covered picnic areas on cement slabs.|
|Typical water only site along Keesey Creek a short walk away from Indian Lodge.|
|View of our campground and mountains beyond. Our trailer is second rig from left.|
As regards full hookup sites, there are 2 areas to select from. All full hookup sites, by the way, are pull through. Sites 1- 16 are located along Keesey Creek and have pretty good shade. Most of these sites are pretty level as well. However, the trees on some sites really crowd the pads and would probably be difficult for larger rigs. But during the summer, these sites are probably preferable. Sites 17 - 27 are on a slope, but the actual pads are fairly level considering. You will probably only need to level from front to back. There is little shade available for these sites, but views are much better. You might consider these sites during cooler months when the sun would be welcome. We stayed in site 24, but next time we will probably pick 23 or 27. Because of the slope, some sewer connections may be located above the outlet on your rig, thereby causing gravity to work against you.
But when you're in the Davis Mountains, you really don't want to spend your time watching television anyway. There is so much to do in the park and surrounding area.
Bird watching is very popular, and the park provides the Cadillac of bird blinds along the main park road. An additional bird viewing area is available at the Interpretive Center. Hiking is also very popular at the park. In addition to numerous shorter trails within the park, the Skyline Trail connects the park to the nearby Fort Davis National Historic Site. See park map for trail details. We really enjoyed sitting in our site and watching hikers cross the slopes of the mountains around us, especially on the Montezuma and Indian Lodge trails.
|Exterior of bird blind along main park road.|
|Interior of L shaped bird blind.|
- "Hike with Homeless Dogs!" A short hike along Skyline Drive Trail with homeless dogs.
- "Plants and Animals of the Davis Mountains" A discussion of the plants and "critters" of the park and surrounding area.
- "Strong Backs and Willing to Work!" Program about the Civilian Conservation Corps and its impact on the park and Ft. Davis.
- "Highlights of the Davis Mountains." Program on the wildlife, plants, history of the park, and other places of interest in the area.
- "Are You Curious?" Learn about some of the interesting "critters" in the park.
- "Weekly Birding Walk to the Seep!" 1.25 mile loop to the seep in the Primitive Area.
- "Welcome to the Davis Mountains!" Program about what makes the Davis Mountains special.
- "Weave Your Own Basket" Learn how to make baskets with natural materials.
- "Knots for Campers" Learn how to tie knots.
- "Full Moon Hike up the Mountain!" Walk up the mountain at night and learn about the moon, stars, and night "critters".
|Amphitheater, located next to our campground loop.|
|Interpretive Center. Bird blind behind center can be viewed from both inside and outside on right. Center is just a short walk from our campground and marks start of Skyline Drive Hiking Trail.|
|Entrance to Indian Lodge. Office in center. Tall building on left is the Black Bear Restaurant.|
|Walkway/balcony outside upper level rooms of Indian Lodge.|
|View from upper level walkway of Indian Lodge. Note pool below. View looks in an easterly direction toward park's entrance.|
For previous blog entries on the Davis Mountains and surrounding areas, see the following:
- "Trip Report: Davis Mountains State Park" (August 2011)
- "Trip Report: Fort Davis National Historic Site" (August 2011)
- "Trip Report: McDonald Observatory" (August 2011)
- "Trip Report: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens" (September 2011)