Description - A key post in West Texas, soldiers from Fort Davis assisted in opening the area to settlement and protected travelers and merchants along the San Antonio-El Paso Road from 1854 to 1891. Today the fort is regarded as the best preserved in the Southwest.
Copyright: National Park Service
Fort Davis National Historic Site
The park is open daily. Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fall/winter/spring: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.
- Special programs at the visitor center include, "The Friends of Fort Davis" Festival. This is held on the Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend. Also the"From Retreat to Tattoo" is a special evening tour of the Fort. This is held on a selected Saturday in November. Call for specific date. Various interpretive programs throughout the year.
Bugle calls and a sound representation of an 1875 dress retreat parade can be heard over the parade ground at scheduled times. Five restored and refurnished (1880s) structures are open on a self-guided basis. Interpreters dressed in period clothing are stationed at some of these structures during the summer months.
Curriculum-based education programs are available for school groups, grades K-12. Call the park for details.
Restrooms, the visitor center/museum, and three of the restored historic structures are wheelchair accessible. An electric cart is available on a first-come/first-served basis.
Recreation - Recreation in this park is related directly to the sites history. Additionally it is possible to take self-guided tours of buildings and ruins, picnicking and or hiking on nature trails.
Climate - The park's altitude is approximately 5,000 feet in elevation. Temperatures are relatively mild, with extremes of 95+ degrees in the summer and the teens in the winter. Wind is common throughout the year.
The site can be reached from I-10 or US 90.