Fort Davis Travel Guide

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    Hotel Limpia
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    Jeff Davis County Courthouse
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  • Hotel Limpia
    Hotel Limpia
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Fort Davis Things to Do

  • See the Stars!

    The McDonald Observatory is owned and operated by the University of Texas at Austin. The observatory has ongoing projects varying from viewing exploding stars to searching for planets.Dress warmly because it is at 6,000 plus feet in elevation. $5 Adults / $4 Children 6-12 / $15 Family. The Visitors Center is open 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. every day...

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  • See the stars

    Visit McDonald's Observatory. It's a 15 minute drive from Ft. Davis on top of Mt. Locke. There are 3 telescopes and a brand new visitor's center with interactive displays. There are 'Star Parties' weekend evenings that include a tour of the telescopes and star gazing.

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  • Drive around the scenic loop

    Fort Davis is the starting point for one of the most scenic and uncrowded 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,...

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  • The McDonald Observatory is a...

    The McDonald Observatory is a must see for all you star lovers.Operated by the University of Texas at Austin, the observatory has three large telescopes and hosts visiting astronomers from around the world and more than 130,000 tourists every year. Guided tours of the facility are offered every morning at 11:30am and afternoon at 2:00pm. Day...

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  • You have to see the historic...

    You have to see the historic fort. Just a mile or so from downtown, Fort Davis National Historic Site, at the foot of Sleeping Lion Mountain and Hospital Canyon, is considered perhaps the best preserved of all the 19th Century frontier forts and one of the only 'Buffalo Soldier' forts in the west.The first African American graduate of West Point...

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  • Fourth of July in Fort Davis...

    Fourth of July in Fort Davis is the best! If you've never experienced a small town 4th of July celebration, you've got to come to Fort Davis. The day begins with a parade around 10am. Everyone lines Main street to see all the homemade floats. The rest of the day, everyone can be found around the courthouse lawn eating, buying crafts, and visiting....

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Fort Davis Restaurants

  • Very Good Mexican Food

    La Cueva de Leon Mexican Restaurant was within easy walking distance from my motel so I figured I would give it a try. It looked fairly nice from the outside with solid walls and nice windows. Inside was the typical wood and colorful decor of a Mexican restaurant. The staff was friendly enough and the food was very good. I would eat here again, and...

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  • Poco Mexico...this is one of...

    Poco Mexico...this is one of my favorite Mexican food restaurants in town. Green chile enchiladas! Careful...they're hot!!!!

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  • The Hotel Limpia Dining...

    The Hotel Limpia Dining RoomThe hotel's dining room offers a dining style characteristic of the region, with a personality of its own.Specialties include Buttermilk and Honey Biscuits, Burgundy Marinated Roast Beef, Char grilled Aged Steaks, Garden Salad with Creamy Cucumber Dressing, and fresh vegetables. French Silk Pie

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Fort Davis Nightlife

  • by KenMore Written Oct 4, 2002

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    There is no nightlife. Everything closes when the sun goes down. On the bright side, the stars are absolutely goregeous!!! I would recommend heading to the Observatory for a Star Party or just find a nice spot outside to gaze at the stars. You can actually see the Milky Way and if you sit still long enough you will see several falling stars!

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Fort Davis Warnings and Dangers

  • All of the gas stations close...

    All of the gas stations close after dark. There is at least one gas station (Exxon) that has 24 hour pay at the pump. It's expensive no matter where you buy gas, and remember that all of the towns are far apart with no gas stations in between. If you're in a town and running low on gas, fill up. You don't want to get stuck in the middle of no where...

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  • It can get very dry in this...

    It can get very dry in this part of Texas. Fort Davis is on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert. There's usually a lot of dust around unless we've had a good rain. I took this picture in a dust storm. That dot in the sky is the sun. I could hardly breathe there was so much dust. But it is rarely that bad. The summers are nice when it rains.

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Fort Davis What to Pack

  • by KenMore Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The climate here is very dry (it's actually on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert). There are four seasons but each are mild. The summers are the best. Since Fort Davis is in the mountains (elevation is at almost 1 mile) it stays very cool. Even when the temperature gets up to 90F, it will be 10 degrees cooler in the shade. So for packing: Bring sunscreen in summer and a hat to shade from the sun. You might need an umbrella in August. Bring a warm coat for the winter and a light jacket for the fall and spring. It gets chilly at night even in the summer.

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Fort Davis Off The Beaten Path

  • by KenMore Written Oct 4, 2002

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    My Dad. He's a blacksmith and he builds wagons. He also plays the fiddle, guitar, and sings. And he does a little chuckwagon cooking too. I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Stop by and see his shop. He's an all around interesting fellow. Here's his website: http://www.texcowboy.com/

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Fort Davis Favorites

  • by KenMore Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: In this little town, the Constable still parks in front of the elementary school to ensure the children safely get across the highway and the Postmaster and bank tellers know almost everyone by their first name.

    The Sheriff lets us carry off a 4th of July 'Bank Robbery' (by Cowboys on horseback) every year. The 'Cowboys' are always apprehended and our 'crime rate' returns to the lowest in the country.

    You'll see folks riding horseback on our streets unperturbed by low traffic and you'll hear spurs jingle in our restaurants and stores.

    What we hear most from visitors is a variation of 'What a wonderful secret you all have here....the weather is so nice and the pace is so relaxing...we'll be back'.

    Every time we drive, walk, ride or bike one mile out of town, we are struck by the great, peaceful expanses of Texas ranchland, prairie, canyons and mountains all around our home.

    No freeways, tv towers or mega malls to scar the view. Two miles out of town, you feel like a time warp has sent you back to the days of yesteryear....wide open, unpopulated spaces, cattle, deer, antelope and just like the old days 'the skies are not cloudy all day'!As a bonus, it's often cooler in the Davis Mountains than anywhere else in Texas. Our elevation of 5050 feet makes Fort Davis the highest town in the state.

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