Saturday – May 2, 2015
Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis, Texas
It is time to move on and leave New Mexico. We departed the Escondida Lake Park Campground, near Socorro, New Mexico, at 7:05 a.m.
Immediately upon our exit off of Interstate 10 to Texas Highway 118, we came upon the ruins of what may have been a church at one time. All that remained were the walls and interior concrete support platforms.
The scenery along Texas Highway 118 is breathtaking!
We arrived at the Davis Mountain State Park in Fort Davis, Texas at 3:00 p.m.
Davis Mountains State Park was one of the earliest Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) projects in Texas. It was developed between 1933 and 1935. It includes portions of the scenic Skyline Drive, which provides spectacular mountain vistas of the park and beyond to the Big Bend country and the Chisos Mountains. At a mile above sea level, the terrain, flora, and fauna of this park contrast sharply with that of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. The increased rainfall and cooler temperatures of the higher elevation encourage the growth of oaks, juniper and abundant grasses that cover the rugged terrain. The exposed igneous rock of canyon walls are the result of the volcanic activity that formed the mountains over 25 million years ago.
Humans have long found sanctuary in these mountains. Archeological evidence indicates that Native Americans first inhibited these canyons over 3,000 years ago.
Within this wonderful mountain vista resides the Davis Mountains State Park Campground. There are 94 campsites, some with full hookups, some with water and electric, some with no hookups and tent campsites only. There are five restroom facilities with flush toilets. One restroom facility has free showers. There is one dump station. There is an interpretive center – bird habitat viewing area – within the campground that provides free WiFi.
Campground: Davis Mountains State Park Campground
Camping Fee: $30.00 ($20.00 per night plus $5.00 per person per night).
Total miles traveled today: 399
West on Escondida Lake Road
South on New Mexico Highway 408
South on Interstate 25
East on Interstate 10
South on Texas Highway 118 to campground
Tomorrow another adventure begins.