Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch

The mission of the Buffalo Trail Council is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Established in 1947, the Buffalo Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves, on average, more than 3,000 youth annually across 18 West Texas counties.

Our camping programs are nationally recognized and located among the best scenery found in West Texas.  Pay a visit to Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch and you’re likely to be impressed by its rugged beauty. Mountains that spire toward a deep blue sky, fresh air scented by desert flowers, and quiet star-filled nights – it’s Boy Scout heaven!

Website: buffalotrailbsa.org
Phone: 432-570-7601
Email: gabriela.pilonieta@scouting.org
Address: 1101 W. Texas Ave, Midland, Texas, 79701

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens

Located 4 miles SE of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is a nonprofit organization established in December 1973. The 507- acre site is comprised of semi-desert grasslands and igneous rock outcrops. Our geologic features include Modesta Canyon, a unique riparian canyon with a year-round spring, and Clayton’s Overlook, a dome with spectacular views from all directions with the Geologic Exhibit at the top of the Overlook. Open year-round, the Nature Center offers over five miles of hiking trails, in addition to the Desert Botanical Garden, the Cactus & Succulent Greenhouse, the Heritage Mining Exhibit, the Geologic Timeline display in front of the Powell Visitor Center, and Gift Shop.

Open year-round Mon-Sat 9-5

Sundays, March-Oct 12:30-5:30, April-October

 

Admission for adults is $6. Children under 12 and CDRI Members are free.

Website: www.cdri.org
Phone: (432) 364-2499
Email: programs@cdri.org

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.

Indian Lodge has four handicap accessible rooms.

*Pets are not allowed at Indian Lodge.

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

Jeff Davis County Park

The park offers an excellent opportunity to picnic, walk, jog, fly a kite, and more. There is a children’s play area, ballpark, soccer field and restrooms. All pets must be kept on a leash & cleaned up after.
Open daily from dawn to dusk.

La Cabaña Escondida (The Hidden Cabin)

Located in beautiful Limpia Canyon, our wonderfully secluded log cabin sleeps up to four people. The cabin has a fully equipped kitchen, bath, queen bed, sleeper sofa, tv/dvd player (no cable), covered front porch, screened back porch. There is ample room for hiking with awesome views, great dark sky for star gazing, wildlife watching and it is the perfect place for relaxation! Our cabin is non-smoking, no pets allowed.

Website: www.vbro.com/428482
Phone: (432) 386-6225
Email: whiteselloutwest@sbcglobal.net

McIvor Ranch

McIvor Ranch – Also known as the “U Up U Down Ranch”, is a working cattle ranch established in 1882 by G.S. Locke and is still owned and operated by the same family. Grams Ranch House, named in honor of Scott’s grandmother Violet Locke McIvor, 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 and two full baths that can accommodate up to 7 people. It has a living and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen, including a washer and dryer. We have limited availability in the Spring and Fall. 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 pricing 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

Cozy cabins resting on 10 scenic acres, less than a mile from downtown Fort Davis. Each cabin features a kitchenette (including a microwave, coffee maker, and small refrigerator) and a private sitting porch. Our cabins have two full-sized beds or one queen-sized bed. All guests are welcome to cook out using our propane grill and sitting area under the pavilion, or use our gathering place/TV room for some family fun. Free WiFi reaches each cabin as well as our outdoor facilities and the gathering place. Ask about our dining room and catering for special events. For rates and reservations visit our website, or give us a call.

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

Office Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm

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Website: www.prude-ranch.com
Phone: (432) 426-3201
Toll Free: 800-458-6232
Fax: (432) 426-3502
Email: info@prude-ranch.com
Address: 201 Prude Guest Ranch Rd, Fort Davis, TX 79734

Rocking W Ranch

Primitive cabin and campsites, with guide services available.

One site for electrical hook-up with water for travel trailers and fifth wheels.

Contact: Tom Lee Waterston

Phone: 432-426-2522 (please call after 5pm)

The Nature Conservancy of Texas

About 10 miles north of the McDonald Observatory on Hwy 118 North (Davis Mountains Preserve). A non-profit wildlife conservation organization, using science-based research and a non-confrontational approach to protect the unique diversity of animals and plants native to our state. The Madera Canyon Trail adjacent to the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area is open from dawn to dusk year-round.

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Website: www.nature.org
Phone: (432) 426-2390

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