In West Texas, the high mountains offer a beautiful, historic state park, Davis Mountains State Park. With miles of trails to explore and many historical and unique features, Davis Mountains State Park has something for everyone, including hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, stargazing, or just studying nature.
You can stay at a campsite or reserve a room at Indian Lodge, a historic motel with 39 rooms, and also features a restaurant, swimming pool, and meeting rooms. The park also offers a group picnic area for events. The park is open daily and costs $6 for adults per day. Children under 12 are free. You can make reservations in advance by calling the park office or through the park’s website.
Guests can also bring their horses and stay at one of six sites in the Limpia Canyon Primitive Area, with 11 miles of trails from Limpia Creek (at 4,900 feet in elevation) to a scenic overlook (5,700 feet in elevation). There is non-potable water at the staging area and at the high point on the trail.
As with all other Texas state parks, Davis Mountains State Park does not allow pets inside any buildings. And for your pet’s safety and for the protection of local wildlife, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. If you’re hiking with your dog, you should always bring enough water for yourself and your pet.
Also, it’s always a good idea to bring your own waste bags, as they aren’t always available. And always be sure to clean up after yourself and your pet. Be respectful of other guests; never bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies, or allow your dog to be a nuisance to others. If you are looking for a great place to ride your horse or spend the weekend, Davis Mountains State Park is a beautiful and unique spot to bring your family and pets.