Davis Mountains and Davis Mountains State Park

Fort Davis, Texas

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The Davis Mountains represent the most extensive mountain range in Texas (675 square miles above 5,500 feet elevation). The great majority of the Davis Mountains is private property, and birders must not trespass. Public access is extremely limited; none of the forested highlands are currently available to birders. Most of the area ranchers zealously protect their land, and birders who do not heed “no trespassing” signs make it even more difficult for those who do. Key Birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard), Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Scaled and Montezuma Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Greater Roadrunner, White-throated Swift, Acorn Woodpecker, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Western Scrub-Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Canyon and Rock Wrens, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Blackchinned Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Swainson’s and Zone-tailed Hawks; Common Black-Hawk; Common Poorwill; Lesser and Common Nighthawks; Blue-throated, Blackchinned, and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds; Ash-throated Flycatcher; Cassin’s Kingbird; Violet-green Swallow; Chihuahuan Raven; Bell’s and Plumbeous (Solitary) Vireos; Virginia’s and Grace’s Warblers; Hepatic and Western Tanagers; Painted Bunting.

Davis Mountains and Davis Mountains State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The Davis Mountains represent the most extensive mountain range in Texas (675 square miles above 5,500 feet elevation). The great majority of the Davis Mountains is private property, and birders must not trespass. Public access is extremely limited; none of the forested highlands are currently available to birders. Most of the area ranchers zealously protect their land, and birders who do not heed “no trespassing” signs make it even more difficult for those who do.

Key Birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard), Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Scaled and Montezuma Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Greater Roadrunner, White-throated Swift, Acorn Woodpecker, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Western Scrub-Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Canyon and Rock Wrens, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Blackchinned Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Swainson’s and Zone-tailed Hawks; Common Black-Hawk; Common Poorwill; Lesser and Common Nighthawks; Blue-throated, Blackchinned, and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds; Ash-throated Flycatcher; Cassin’s Kingbird; Violet-green Swallow; Chihuahuan Raven; Bell’s and Plumbeous (Solitary) Vireos; Virginia’s and Grace’s Warblers; Hepatic and Western Tanagers; Painted Bunting."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Fort Davis
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and early May for spring migrants and nesting activities; July and August for fall migrants
Local Contacts: Davis Mountains State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Davis Mountains and Davis Mountains State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

10/17/2009
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A pleasant walk for a couple of hours. One can spend another hour strolling the grounds of the fort. You will need something else to do with the rest of the day. Only a few hundreds of feet of elevation gain. Shade and views on the hillside of the north loop, and shade with rocks near the floor of Hospital Canyon provide the best lunch spots.



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May 2018