Fort Davis is a town in Jeff Davis County, Texas, nestled in the heart of the Davis Mountains. Surrounded by high desert vastness, this town is still reminiscent of an earlier, old west Texas. You can take a stroll down the Overland Trail that runs right through town, to check out vibrant little shops and adobe homes. With all the surrounding, accessible nature that this friendly town has to offer, you and your dog may want to stay a while!
One of the most pawpular places to check out in Fort Davis is the Fort Davis National Historic Site. This site offers 500 acres of grounds to explore, and sits at the foot of the Sleeping Lion Mountain and the Hospital Canyon. Leashed dogs are welcome, so you and your dog can enjoy the gravel trail that surrounds the ruins while learning more about the history of the area. Information can be found on interpretive and historical displays scattered throughout the site.
If you and your road dog are looking for a place to crash, check in at the Fort Davis Inn and RV park. Conveniently located in the center of town, they welcome two pets of any size for a small additional fee.
With all of these fun activities to do with your best pal, it’s no wonder dogs love Fort Davis!
If you and your doggo are itching for some fresh air and exercise in nature, head over to the Davis Mountain State Park. The park is over 2,700 acres of rugged beauty, accessible from the neighborhood of South Fort Davis. This park will give you a taste of the West Texas Mountains, and offers plenty of hiking, biking, and camping. Your furry friend doesn’t need to feel left out, because leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park. For a taste of the local art, in this same neighborhood you can find the Wild Rose Gallery. Well behaved dogs are welcome inside the gallery with you while you enjoy the art and photography.
In the neighborhood of North Fort Davis, there’s a unique place to take a hike and learn more about the desert ecosystems and mountains of west Texas. At the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, dogs are allowed to join their two legged friends as long as they stay leashed. For a modest to strenuous hike, try the 2 mile Modesta Canyon Trail. This trail passes through grasslands, canyons and natural springs. Another great option is the Hummingbird and Butterfly Trail. This is a short, easy loop through the botanical gardens, with pretty vistas, cacti and unique rock formations. Please pick up after your pooch to help keep the gardens and trails clean throughout the park.
A straight jog south along the highway 17, brings you to the small desert town of Marfa. One of the most fascinating things about Marfa, is the strange and unexplained phenomena of the Marfa Lights. These mysterious lights sometimes appear in different colours, and dance across the desert night sky. You and your pupper can stargaze and enjoy this phenomena at the Marfa Lights viewing area, located in the east end of town along the US 67. Leashed dogs are welcome! For some refreshment, head over to Squeeze Marfa. Here you can slurp down a fruit smoothie while hanging out on the outdoor patio with your best pal.
The neighboring town of Alpine also has some woofderful greenery that you and your pooch can enjoy! The City Center neighborhood in Alpine is under 30 minutes southeast of Fort Davis, and is home to the Kokernot Municipal Park. In this park, there is what is known as “the best little ballpark in Texas.” The variety of athletic fields gives your energetic pup plenty of opportunity to stretch his legs, as long as there are no games in play! The park also has some picnic areas, scenic trails and walking paths for you and your pupper to take a stroll on. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park with their owners, as long as they get picked up after.
If you want to get deep into the rugged beauty of the high desert, checking out the Big Bend Ranch State Park is a must. This state park is located south of Fort Davis along the border of Mexico, in the town of Presidio. It’s about one and a half hours away, but it’s worth the drive! While many of the backcountry trails in this park don’t allow dogs, they are welcome on the Closed Canyon Trail and the Hoodoos Trail as long as they stay leashed. You may want to stay the night to do some stargazing on of the dog friendly campgrounds! You can choose from backcountry campgrounds or a campsite with some basic amenities, and all of them offer solitude and pawrific vistas.