Campground review: Davis Mountains State Park – Fort Davis, TX

100_3525.JPGWe’ve heard about this state park for years and we’ve been looking forward to spending some time at Davis Mountains State Park, located near Fort Davis, TX. I’d say the park has lived up to it’s billing. The park is located in a beautiful valley with scenic views all around. As the sun moves across the sky different rock formations are highlighted – all of it is simply outstanding. A drive up the park’s Skyline Drive shouldn’t be missed. We took our lawn chairs and morning coffee and thoroughly enjoyed the view from the top.

100_3539.JPGThe nighttime sky is amazing – something underscored by the nearby world class McDonald Observatory. Unfortunately, we had cloudy, rainy conditions for a good part of our stay. This is unusual and a person visiting the park has a good chance of seeing bright, star-filled skies most every night. We did have a couple of nights to sit out and enjoy the splendor of the sky. It was something special.

100_3534.JPGThe park has many campsites plus a lodge. Several of the sites are full hookup, 50 amp, pull through sites with picnic tables and shelters; really a great camping setup. You do pay for the privilege of camping here. At $25 a night for full hookups plus $6 a day per person this park ranks among the more expensive Texas state parks we’ve stayed in. You can buy a parks pass for $70 and the per person fee at all state parks is waived for a year.

100_3497.JPGIt’s a commitment to come to this state park which is 200 miles east of El Paso and 400 miles west of San Antonio. However, it’s less than an hour south of I10 which makes it a good addition to a trip across west Texas via that route.

Our Verizon cell service was poor to zero. The campground does provide several WiFi locations. We found them to be pretty slow and they tended to drop our connects. However it was better than nothing. Also, we had cable TV available at our site. When you include these amenities the higher-than-most-Texas-parks camping fee seem more reasonable.

All in all, we think this is a campground that shouldn’t be missed.

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