Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

Nearly 5 miles of trails, botanical garden & greenhouse, bird blind, mining exhibit & gift shop.

Open year-round Mon-Sat 9-5

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

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.

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

Jeff Davis County Library

Located in Memorial Square, Fort Davis, TX

Monday – Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm

Phone: 432-426-3802
Address: PO Box 1054, Fort Davis, TX 79734

Jeff Davis County Park

McDonald Observatory

The observatory’s three largest instruments are the 362″ Hobby-Eberly telescope on 6,600-foot Mount Fowlkes, the 107″ Harlan J. Smith and 82″ Otto Struve telescopes located on 6,800-foot Mt. Locke. The observatory is located just 17 miles from Fort Davis on Texas Highway 118 and under one of the darkest night skies of any major observatory in the continental United States.

Operated by the University of Texas at Austin, the observatory has several large research telescopes and hosts astronomers from around the world. Self-guided tours are possible from 10am to 5:30pm. Solar Viewing sessions are conducted twice daily at 11am and 2pm. (reservations are strongly encouraged) Daily tours follow Solar Viewing.

The observatory has evening Star Parties on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays which are led by knowledgeable staffers. (reservations are required) A star party showcases interesting stars, planets and other astronomical objects including live views through telescopes from 8 to 24 inches in size. The observatory is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Bring a jacket, since the mountain air cools quickly.

A gift shop featuring astronomy related merchandise and the StarDate Cafe are located in the visitor’s center. Accurate information for opening hours and tours can be found at mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors

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Website: mcdonaldobservatory.org
Phone: (432) 426-3640
Toll Free: (877) 984-7827

Old Spanish Trail Gallery & Museum, LLC

Ranching history meets fine art in this hidden gallery, high on a hertiage ranch in the Davis Mountains. Historic wagons, West Texas hospitality and amazing art brand this destination gallery “unique”. Our diverse, tastefully curated collection features original art by regional and nationally recognized painters: Lindy Cook Severns, Wayne Baize, Tim Oliver, David Loren Bass, Dina Gregory, Roxa Robinson, Ginger Lemons and others, plus guest artists; youth artist Delaney Martin; pottery by locals Laura Baize and John Davis; Vickie Bunting blown glass and more. While our focus is on original art, we stock affordable reproductions and fine art cards. There’s something for every taste and every budget.

We’re open whenever you wish to visit. Contact us to set up a time for someone to greet you and show you around. Allow 20-25 minutes from Fort Davis. Bring a camera, and be prepared to relax and enjoy mountain serenity from one of our porches.

Located 16 miles SW of Fort Davis off Hwy 166 and 1 mile N on Crows Nest Road.

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Business Hours: open by appointment 7 days a week

Website: oldspanishtrailgallery.com
Phone: (432) 249-1968
Email: gallery@oldspanishtrailgallery.com
Address: 401 Crows Nest Rd, Fort Davis, TX 79734

Overland Trail Museum

The museum is located on the historic San Antonio-El Paso Road/Southern Overland Trail. It contains many unique and varied displays depicting early life in the West including the original Valentine Post Office and telephone switchboard, early medical paraphernalia, a restored pioneer settlers kitchen, an original curling machine, and numerous early photographs of pioneer settlers and buildings. The Museum is owned and operated by The Fort Davis Historical Society. Donations Accepted.

Hours: 1pm to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Closed November through mid March.

Educational programs and guided tours available. Special tours may be arranged by contacting Pat Draheim

Website: www.fortdavishistoricalsociety.com/things-to-do-in-fort-davis
Phone: (432) 426-3404
Address: 511 N. Fort St. , (and 3rd St.), Fort Davis, TX 79734

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

The Scenic Loop Drive

Wild Rose Gallery LLC

Wild Rose Gallery is located just north of the post office. The gallery at this time features the photography of Robert Haspel. Hours are usually Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 6pm. If the gallery is not open when you want to come by, please call us.

Website: www.roofusworld.com
Phone: (713) 557-4147
Email: robert@roofusworld.com
Address: 301 E. Cavalry Road, Fort Davis, TX 79734

IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES:

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

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

Marfa Lights

Museum of the Big Bend

Start your journey to Big Bend National Park at the Museum of the Big Bend!

For more than 70 years the Museum of the Big Bend has been collecting and exhibiting artifacts of the vast Big Bend region. Encompassing the Davis Mountains and the borderlands of Mexico, the Big Bend has been inhabited for over 11,000 years. The Museum of the Big Bend’s goal is to showcase this human history and culture reflected through the contributions of the Native Americans, the Spanish, the Mexicans and the Americans.

The Museum is located in Alpine at the northeast corner of the Sul Ross State University campus and can be reached from Entrance Two on U.S. Highway 90 or Entrance Four from Harrison Street. Once on campus, follow the small, brown signs. Admission is free. Donations are always welcomed. The museum is handicap accessible. Guided Tours are available by appointment.

Hours: Closed on Mondays
Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm

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Website: www.museumofthebigbend.com
Phone: (432) 837-8143
Email: maggie.rumbelow@sulross.edu
Address: 400 N Harrison, Alpine, TX 79830

The Chinati Foundation

The Chinati foundation/La Fundacion Chinati is a contemporary art Museum founded by the artist Donald Judd. The collection includes work by twelve artists and focuses on permanent, large-scale installations with an emphasis on the relationship between art, architecture, and the surrounding landscape. The museum is located in Marfa, Texas with exhibitions occupying the grounds and buildings of the former army base, Ft. D.A. Russell, as well as the former Wool and Mohair building, situated in the center of town. Most of the artwork is accessible by guided tour only. Several tour options varying in length and scope are offered Wednesday through Sunday and include all or part of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Advance reservations are required to guarantee admission. Visit our web site for tour information and to purchase tickets. Donald Judd’s outdoor installation, 15 untitled works in concrete, is available for open viewing Wednesday through Sunday from 9am-5pm free of charge. Reservations are not required to visit this installation. First check in with office please. Artists in the permanent collection include Carl Andre, Ingolfur Arnarsson, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Roni Horn, Donald Judd, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley.

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Website: www.chinati.org
Phone: (432) 729-4362
Email: information@chinati.org
Address: 1 Calvary Road, Marfa, Texas 79843