Davis Mountains State Park continued to be our home while Tim and I worked at Fort
Davis National Historic Site. The park
is only four miles away and is one of the best state parks in Texas. Not only did we have a fabulous campsite with
full hookups, including cable, but we also had lots of trees and privacy. I don’t think we could have found a better
site for us.
Davis Mountains are an oasis in the desert that is west Texas, and the state
park is the crown jewel. Davis Mountains
State Park was mostly built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was one of
the earliest CCC projects in Texas. The CCC constructed a five-mile scenic road, known
as Skyline Drive, to the ridgetop where it seems that one can see forever. A stone lookout shelter at the top includes a
picture window that frames one of the stunning views.
|Panoramic View from Skyline Drive|
|The View Goes On Forever|
|Stone Shelter Built by the CCC|
|Looking Through the Picture Window at the Stone Shelter|
The CCC was also responsible for the construction
of Indian Lodge in 1933. Located on a
hillside within the park, Indian Lodge complements its natural
surroundings. In designing the lodge,
the architects were clearly influenced by Native American pueblo villages, and
construction materials included handmade adobe blocks, local pine and river
cane. Although the pueblo-style design
of the lodge is perhaps more suited to New Mexico than to Texas, Indian Lodge
is still a beautiful building and a wonderful addition to the park.
|Indian Lodge as Seen from Skyline Drive|
|Pueblo-Style Architecture at Indian Lodge|
fortunate that the weather was mostly good while we were at Davis
Mountains. Our first free weekend was
delightful, and we enjoyed the park as well as the nearby towns. We did get a bit of a shock one morning when
we awoke to a winter wonderland. The
amount of snow we received was a bit unexpected, but it melted quickly and made
for great photos.
|Winter Wonderland at Davis Mountains State Park|
really looking forward to spending a final weekend at the park after completing
our two-week project at Fort Davis.
Unfortunately, it was not to be since all campsites were reserved. We had forgotten it was Presidents’ Day weekend,
as well as Valentine’s Day. Apparently,
that’s a big camping weekend in Texas.
|Final Sunset through the Trees at Davis Mountains|
reluctantly left Davis Mountains State Park and made our way to Van Horn. We drove through Valentine, Texas, on
Valentine’s Day, but could not even find a good spot for a photo opportunity. Valentine is past its prime.
|Heading Down from Davis Mountains|
I stopped at the Van Horn KOA for what we thought would be a one-night stopover. We kept extending our visit, however, and
ended up staying for three nights. It
turned out we needed a little R&R after working non-stop for two weeks. We’re not exactly used to this full-time work
thing! Although the KOA was not the
prettiest of parks, it fit the bill and was fine for what we needed. Our favorite amenity was the on-site café
where we enjoyed breakfast and dinner a few times. Even Kitty had fun exploring the campground.
|Ride 'em Kitty!|
|Unusual Weather Station at Van Horn|
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