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The Indian Lodge here was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Views around the lodge are not bad.
Davis Mountains State Park
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16431 Park Road 3 Fort Davis, Texas 79734
Park closes at 10 pm for day use. Camping and the lodge are available overnight.
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Davis Mountains State Park is a 2,700 acre park in west Texas. The park is best known for the historic Indian Lodge. With an elevation around 5,000 feet, the views at the park can be good on clear days and a scenic drive offers a number of vantage points. Camping, hiking and horseback riding are also available.
Texas acquired the park land in the 1930s, and the Civilian Conservation Corps developed park facilities. Chief among these are the 39 room Indian Lodge, but the Corps also built roads, additional buildings and hiking trails. Indian Lodge was designed architecturally to blend into the environment and provide a rustic mountain experience. In addition to the rooms, the lodge includes a restaurant, meeting rooms and an outdoor pool.
The park is located off a road that connects Fort Davis National Monument and the McDonald Observatory. While the monument and observatory hit the mark, the park came up short. On the plus side, the Indian Lodge was worth checking out for a few minutes and the Skyline Drive provided some nice views. However, the hiking trails were really lacking. The ½ mile Headquarters Trail was a short and easy but boring walk that paralleled the main road. It could have used some maintenance to clear brush so walking on the road was preferable. The Montezuma Quail Trail at around 2 miles was more challenging but also needed upkeep. It was fairly narrow in places and footing was tricky. It was neither enjoyable from a recreational perspective nor for the views. The Skyline Drive Trail is a longer trail that heads to the same vantage points as the Skyline Drive, but it was hard to find the trailhead so driving on the road was simpler. The final stop was an information building/museum. It had a few signs about local plants and animals, but was not very informative. Unless you are staying at the lodge, a visit to the Fort Davis area will not be unduly diminished by skipping the park in favor of other attractions.
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