Camping

Camping is extremely popular among visitors (take a look up at the stars here and you’ll understand why). Tent and RV campsites are available at several locations in the area.

Cycling

On a clear day in far West Texas, you can see forever and most of our days are clear. If you’re on a bicycle, you can ride forever. The mountains and plains around Fort Davis are a road rider’s paradise, with especially nice rides for those who can ride 50 to 100 miles daily. The classic ride is around the Scenic Loop. The Scenic Loop mileage is about 75 miles. The elevation change is dramatic–from about 5,000 feet in town to a max of 6,270 with lots of ups and downs of several hundred feet in-between. No, you’re not in Houston anymore. Other scenic rides take you from Fort Davis to Alpine and back, or to Marfa and back. A shorter ride with less challenging but still gorgeous terrain is a ride north from Fort Davis on Texas 118 to the base of Mt. Locke (with the twin observatories on top) and back again. Make sure you ride through Davis Mountains State Park as well. The Permian Basin Bicycle Association sponsors the annual Fort Davis Cyclefest ride which is held the third weekend in September. For details, call (432) 699-1718.

Most privately owned land, and Fort Davis National Historical Site do not allow riding off the pavement, mountain biking opportunities are limited. However, the Prude Guest Ranch has about five miles of trails open to mountain biking. Guests at the ranch may use the trails at no charge. For details, call 1-800-458-6232. Davis Mountains State Park has a 3.5 mile mountain biking trail for experienced bikers. Check out this page for more information about biking in the Big Bend region.

Glider Rides

Marfa Gliders Soaring Center

Take a scenic glider ride or schedule flying lessons with our FAA Flight Instructors. The enclosed glider cockpit has two seats – one for you and one for your pilot. Soaring is safe and fun for the entire family. Since 1967 the Big Bend has hosted several US National Soaring contests and the 1970 World Soaring Competition that established Texas as a premier area for exceptional flying conditions.

Marfa Gliders is located at the Marfa Airport on Highway 17, just 18 miles south of Fort Davis, and 3 miles north of Marfa.  We fly year-round by appointment.

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Website: www.flygliders.com
Phone: 800-667-9464
Address: Highway 17, Marfa

Hiking/Walking

The majority of land in the Davis Mountains is privately owned, which limits opportunities for hiking. However, there are still great trails that should satisfy all but the most demanding hiker.

Davis Mountains State Park

Developed facilities south of State Highway 118 include restrooms with and without showers; campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water, electricity, sewer, and cable TV connection. The northern half of the park, north of State Highway 118, has been designated, the Limpia Canyon Primitive Area, a special use area (fee required). Currently, it includes 11 miles of back country hiking and equestrian trails with primitive campsites, a secured parking area, a host campsite.
For Reservations, call (512) 389-8900.

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Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/davis-mountains
Phone: (432) 426-3337

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Fort Davis was an active military post from 1854 to 1891. It is one of the best surviving examples of a frontier military post in the Southwest. An entrance fee is charged at the Visitors’ Center.

The Fort Davis National Historic Site has four miles of hiking trails, including the section of trail that links to the Davis Mountains State Park. A map is available at the visitor’s center. The trails mostly climb through the striking rock formations of Sleeping Lion Mountain, with splendid vistas as the trail climbs. Interpretive signs along some trails identify vegetation and other natural features.

Hours: 8am to 5pm

Closed on the following days:
Christmas Day – December 25
New Years Day – January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observed – Third Monday in January
Thanksgiving Day – Last Thursday in November

Website: www.nps.gov/foda
Phone: (432) 426-3224
Physical Address: 101 Lt. Flipper Dr. , Fort Davis
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1379 , Fort Davis , TX 79734

Historic Walking/Driving Tour

Indian Lodge in Davis Mountains State Park

The original portion of the Indian Lodge was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This historic 39-unit park lodge has a swimming pool, a meeting room, and the Black Bear Restaurant. Located in the scenic Davis Mountains State Park. Call (432) 426-3254 for information and (512) 389-8982 for reservations.

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Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/indian-lodge
Phone: (432) 426-3254

Jeff Davis County Park

La Cabaña Escondida (The Hidden Cabin)

McIvor Ranch

McIvor Ranch – Also known as the U up U down, is a working cattle ranch. The ranch has remained in the family for over 125 years. Grams Ranch House is a great place to stay here in the Davis Mountains. It is a neat house with a lot of charm. It has a wonderful view of the McDonald Observatory from the front porch and a majestic view of Blue Mountain off the back porch. The house has three bedrooms with air conditioning in each room/two full baths. It has a living and dining area with TV and Cable/VCR/DVD. The house has a fully equipped kitchen including a washer and dryer. There is lots of wildlife. Birding, hiking, biking or just relaxing. $200 a night. We would love for you to come join us here at the ranch for a couple of nights or a while. Please contact us for more information and available dates. Julie & Scott McIvor.

Website: www.mcivor-ranch.com
Phone: (432) 426-2277
Email: info@mcivor-ranch.com
Address: 200 McIvor Ranch Road, Fort Davis, TX 79734

Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center

Is located on 10 scenic acres overlooking the town of Fort Davis and Sleeping Lion Mountain . Comfortable cabins feature two double beds, a kitchenette and a private sitting porch. A hearty West Texas breakfast buffet in our dining room is included in your room rate. Groups and families are welcome. Call or visit our Web site for information about our meeting facilities, group tours, guided nature hikes and educational programs in West Texas and northern Mexico .

Website: mountaintrailslodge.com
Phone: (432) 426-3481
Toll Free: (800) 403-3484
Email: info@mountaintrailslodge.com

Prude Guest Ranch

Located 6 miles north on Hwy. 118 on the historic Prude Ranch. Motel units and family cabins from $75 – $95; seventeen bunkhouses for group use: $18/bunk. Indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, hiking trails, Ropes Challenge Course and scheduled horseback rides for guests and other visitors, upon reservation. Dining room with buffet meal service. Conference facilities. Children’s Summer Camp.

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Website: www.prude-ranch.com
Phone: (432) 426-3202
Toll Free: 800-458-6232
Fax: (432) 426-3502
Email: info@prude-ranch.com

Horseback Riding

With working ranches that still use cowboys on horseback, Fort Davis is surely Texas’ premier horse country. Visitors who want to ride have four choices; all offer excellent saddle horses and guides.

Davis Mountains State Park

Developed facilities south of State Highway 118 include restrooms with and without showers; campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water, electricity, sewer, and cable TV connection. The northern half of the park, north of State Highway 118, has been designated, the Limpia Canyon Primitive Area, a special use area (fee required). Currently, it includes 11 miles of back country hiking and equestrian trails with primitive campsites, a secured parking area, a host campsite.
For Reservations, call (512) 389-8900.

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Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/davis-mountains
Phone: (432) 426-3337

Prude Guest Ranch

Located 6 miles north on Hwy. 118 on the historic Prude Ranch. Motel units and family cabins from $75 – $95; seventeen bunkhouses for group use: $18/bunk. Indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, hiking trails, Ropes Challenge Course and scheduled horseback rides for guests and other visitors, upon reservation. Dining room with buffet meal service. Conference facilities. Children’s Summer Camp.

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Website: www.prude-ranch.com
Phone: (432) 426-3202
Toll Free: 800-458-6232
Fax: (432) 426-3502
Email: info@prude-ranch.com

Hunting

Davis Mountains State Park and Fort Davis National Historical Site — do not allow hunting. All hunting occurs on the private ranches in the area, there is great bird hunting as well as exotic and native game hunting.

CF Ranch

The CF Ranch, located between Alpine and Fort Davis, Texas offers hunts for Mule Deer, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Aoudad (also known as Audad or Barbary Sheep) and a variety of game birds and small game animals. Lodging is also available.

Website: www.cfranch.com
Phone: (432) 364-2251
Email: cfranch@cfranch.com
Address: P.O. Box 689, Alpine, TX 79831

Desert Safaris, LLC

We provide top-shelf hunting opportunities in Texas and New Mexico for Mule Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Free Range Aoudad Sheep, Elk and countless exotics species with 2016 being our 22nd year full time in the outdoor industry. We have the expertise that comes from an abundance of hunting experience in the areas we lease and provide some of the highest success rates in the business on trophy big game with top-notch equipment, experienced guides, first class facilities and over 750 sq. miles of private ranches leased exclusively to our operation.

Website: www.desertsafaris.com
Phone: (210) 264-1745 or (210) 764-1827
Email: hunter@desertsafaris.com
Address: 2935 Thousand Oaks #6-217, San Antonio, TX 78247

JDC Ranch Partners (Rancho del Cielo)

Located 30 miles North of McDonald Observatory on Hwy 118; 7 miles south of Kent. Guided Hunts – Trophy Aoudad, Javelina. Management deer hunts.

Website: www.ranchodelcielojdc.com
Phone: (915) 828-3542
Fax: (915) 828-3556
Email: jdcranch@rionet.coop
Address: P.O. Box 3076, Kent, TX 79855

Rocking W Ranch

Primitive cabin and electrical hook-up with water. Mule deer, white-tail deer, aoudad, mountain lion, javelina, white wing dove, mourning dove, quail and small game available for hunting. Guiding optional.
Contact: Tom Lee Waterston

Phone: (432) 426-2522 or (903) 860-3027
Address: 42803 Hwy 17, Fort Davis, TX 79734

H.E. Sproul Ranch

Located 7 ½ miles from Fort Davis at 1900 Sproul Rd., the H.E. Sproul Ranch is a historic working cattle ranch offering guest suites, catering and meeting facilities. All suites offer the latest amenities, including refrigerator, microwave, satellite tv, dvd player, coffeepot, internet access, pillow-top mattresses and quality linens.

Photo of cabin on Sproul Ranch

Other activities available at the ranch include:
use of the hot-tub and swimming pool

4×4 scenic tours

This tour is a true 4×4 experience. You will travel to the top of Cook Mountain overlooking the ranch headquarters and be able to view magnificent mountain scenery in every direction. You will also have a chance to view abundant native wildlife, including mule deer, white tail deer, aoudad, javelina, many species of birds and more! The trip ends in Frasier Canyon, which is filled with native trees and plant life, including Oak, Alligator Juniper, Madrone, Ponderosa Pine and more. Frasier creek also runs seasonly. For pricing please call 432-426-2500.

Sporting Clay

Built in 2005, our sporting clay range includes custom built trap tower with three throwers and four shooting stations. All action is controlled by remote from the twenty-foot oversvation platform above the tower. All guns and ammunition are provided.
For pricing please cal 432-426-2500.

and hunting

The Ranch offers more free range hunting opportunities for West Texas game than any other ranch in the area. Texas elk hunts offer an experience few other hunters have ever enjoyed. We also offer trophy and management mule deer hunts, as well as aoudad, turkey, antelope, javelina and blue quail hunts. Every hunt offered at the ranch allows access to spectacular scenery and gives the hunter an experience to be remembered. All hunts are fully guided and meals and accommodations are provided at the Ranch. Prices are available upon request. For more information on hunting, please contact Roy Hurley at rhurley@sproulranch.com

Website: www.sproulranch.com
Phone: (432) 426-2500

Jeff Davis County Park

The park offers an excellent opportunity to picnic, walk, jog, fly a kite, & more.
The park offers a children’s play area, ballpark, soccer field & restrooms. All pets must be kept on a leash & cleaned up after. Open daily 7am to 10:00pm

Scenic Loop Drive

Fort Davis is the starting point for one of the most scenic and un-crowded drives in Texas and America. Seventy-five miles long, the drive leaves Fort Davis on Texas 118, proceeds up Limpia Canyon past Mts. Locke and Fowlkes and the McDonald Observatory and then into Madera Canyon and a quiet, pine shaded picnic area. After a left turn on Texas 166, the road passes Mt. Livermore and Sawtooth Mountain, then gradually descends, with broad views to the Sierra Viejo Mountains along the Rio Grande to the south. As you approach Fort Davis again on Texas 166, the Puertacita Mountains and Miter Peak are straight ahead.

Highest elevation on the Loop is about 6700 feet, making it the highest public highway in Texas. About 1.5 hours to drive – Click here for map.

Swimming

Balmorhea State Park

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s the park offers 32 campsites, with water, water and electric or water, electric and cable. Restrooms and showers nearby. For reservations call (512) 389-8900 (Austin).

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Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea
Phone: (432) 375-2370

Hotel Limpia

Historic hotel with 44 rooms and suites on the Square in downtown Fort Davis. Fantastic Swimming Pool. Restaurant serving dinner all week except Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm

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Website: www.hotellimpia.com
Phone: (432) 426-3237
Toll Free: 800-662-5517
Address: 101 Memorial Square, Fort Davis, TX 79734

Indian Lodge in Davis Mountains State Park

The original portion of the Indian Lodge was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This historic 39-unit park lodge has a swimming pool, a meeting room, and the Black Bear Restaurant. Located in the scenic Davis Mountains State Park. Call (432) 426-3254 for information and (512) 389-8982 for reservations.

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Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/indian-lodge
Phone: (432) 426-3254

Prude Guest Ranch

Located 6 miles north on Hwy. 118 on the historic Prude Ranch. Motel units and family cabins from $75 – $95; seventeen bunkhouses for group use: $18/bunk. Indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, hiking trails, Ropes Challenge Course and scheduled horseback rides for guests and other visitors, upon reservation. Dining room with buffet meal service. Conference facilities. Children’s Summer Camp.

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Website: www.prude-ranch.com
Phone: (432) 426-3202
Toll Free: 800-458-6232
Fax: (432) 426-3502
Email: info@prude-ranch.com

Stone Village Tourist Camp

This 1935 “tourist court” was purchased by The Hotel Limpia in 2006 and has been completely remodeled. It now has 14 rooms of which two are suites, plus 6 “camp rooms” easily described as a step above camping complete with two twin beds made with thick comforters and full showers and bath facilities down the porch from your room. All of the motel rooms have flat screen TVs. The seasonal swimming pool, not heated, was completed in the summer of 2007 which is located off of a patio with a fire pit and landscaped area for relaxation. Located in the middle of Fort Davis. Camp Rooms are $44 after tax. Single Queen suites at $75 and Double Queen suites at $95.

Office hours are 8AM -10PM daily

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Website: www.stonevillagetouristcamp.com
Phone: (432) 426-3941
Email: StoneVillageTouristCamp@hotmail.com

Toyahvale Desert Oasis

The Swimming and Snorkeling Outfitter for San Solomon Springs. Open in 1989, the Toyahvale Desert Oasis provides swimming supplies, snorkeling gear rental and sales, along with unique souvenirs of Balmorhea State Park and San Solomon Springs. The Toyahvale Desert Oasis is located next to the State Park in Historic Toyahvale, Texas.

Monday-Sunday 9am-7pm

PADI Scuba Certification, scuba rentals, full line of diving supplies.
Call for Special Needs.

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Website: www.toyahvale.com
Phone: (432) 375-2572
Email: info@toyahvale.com
Address: 9226 Hwy 17, Toyahvale, TX 79786

Tennis

Prude Guest Ranch

Located 6 miles north on Hwy. 118 on the historic Prude Ranch. Motel units and family cabins from $75 – $95; seventeen bunkhouses for group use: $18/bunk. Indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, hiking trails, Ropes Challenge Course and scheduled horseback rides for guests and other visitors, upon reservation. Dining room with buffet meal service. Conference facilities. Children’s Summer Camp.

Visit our Facebook page.

Website: www.prude-ranch.com
Phone: (432) 426-3202
Toll Free: 800-458-6232
Fax: (432) 426-3502
Email: info@prude-ranch.com

Yoga

High Desert Yoga

Beginning and intermediate yoga classes offered Tuesday through Friday in our beautifully remodeled studio. Certified instructor with training in Iyengar style yoga. Classes are 1 & ½ hrs and include breathing, asana and relaxation.

Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00-12:30 a.m.
$15.00 “drop-in” rate

Phone: (432) 426-2497
Email: highdesertyoga@hotmail.com
Physical Address: 200 State Highway 17, Fort Davis
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 175, Fort Davis, TX 79734