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Davis Mountains Texas State Park
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Davis Mountains State Park Information:
In 1583, Spanish explorer Antonio de Espejo discovered San Solomon Spring (in Balmorhea) while traveling through Wild Rose Pass and along Limpia Creek to Keesey Canyon in what is now the Davis Mountains State Park. The same route was used by Anglo settlers and military personnel from Fort Davis during the 1800s. During the 1930s, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps)traveled the route while building the pool, bathhouse and San Solomon Motel at Balmorhea State Park, and the Indian Lodge, roads, picnic areas and campgrounds at Davis Mountains State Park. The Davis Mountains, the most extensive mountain range in Texas, were named after Jefferson Davis, U.S. Secretary of War and later President of the Confederacy, who ordered the formation of the Fort Davis Army Post. This post was active from 1854-1891, except during the Civil War. The historic ruins of this fort (Fort Davis National Historic Site) are connected to the Davis Mountains State Park by a 4 mile hiking trail. Keesey Creek flows through the state park forming a picturesque canyon. The original acreage of this 2,709 acre park was deeded to TPWD by a local family. The park opened to the public in the late 1930s. Developed campgrounds were added in 1967. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the park brochure and watch the park video.  
Davis Mountains State Park Facilities Map 
Davis Mountains State Park Indian Lodge Facilities Map
 
Davis Mountains:
This sixty mile mountain range is often called the "Texas Alps," and is the second highest range in Texas. The 8,378 foot tall Mount Livermore is the fifth highest peak in Texas. The highest portion of a public highway in Texas is located on the 74 miles scenic loop drive in the Fort Davis Area. The City of Fort Davis, the Fort Davis National Historic Site, and the Davis Mountains State Park are located in the mountains.
 
Directionsto Davis Mountains State Park:  
From Fort Davis travel 1 mile north on SH 17 to SH 118 North. Go west on SH 118N for 3 miles to the Park Road 3 Entrance.