Texas’ Davis Mountains offers surprises for RVing snowbirds who love history, wild lands


Out of the past eight years we’ve headed south in the winter, four of those have been spent in Texas. One of the biggest surprises to this snowbird was the Davis Mountains in Southwest Texas. Jimmy and I stumbled onto the area when we were heading north from Big Bend National Park toward El Paso.

Fort Davis National Historic Site is one of America’s best surviving examples of an Indian Wars’ frontier military post in the Southwest. Because of the abnormal cold conditions for the November we were there, we only stopped for a quick look around before heading to our campground for the night.

Because of the shorter autumn days and stormy conditions, we arrived at the Davis Mountains State Park as the last bit of light was disappearing. Something I never recommend. It is always wise to arrive with enough light and time to assess your site, the surrounding area and to unpack properly prior to heading off to sleep. Our first stay here, we did none of those imperatives, and we ended up with an unforgettable encounter with a unruly pack of javelinas.  Read that story by clicking here.

Read more about the Fort Davis National Historic Site by clicking here for an article I posted on RV Short Stops.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: (Top) Flag Ceremony At Fort Davis National Historic Site. (MaxKandler/NPS.gov) (Bottom) Campsite at Davis Mountains State Park on snowy November morning. (Julianne G. Crane)

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