Madera Canyon Hiking Trail

Fort Davis, Texas

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The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve is a spectacular piece of the Texas Trans- Pecos, encompassing one of the state’s few “sky islands” where wilderness has remained predominantly uncompromised by human activity. The Madera Canyon Preserve, a 4000-acre parcel of a total 32,000 acres under the Conservancy’s Davis Mountains protection, was purchased from the Eppenauer family, a conservation-minded west Texas ranching dynasty who had owned the land for seventy years. One of the most beautiful canyons in the Texas high sierras, Madera Canyon is more than 900 feet deep in some places and heady with springs, volcanic dikes, endangered species, and, remarkably, elk.
100 Classic Hikes in Texas

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas

by E. Dan Klepper (The Mountaineers Books)

The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve is a spectacular piece of the Texas Trans- Pecos, encompassing one of the state’s few “sky islands” where wilderness has remained predominantly uncompromised by human activity.

The Madera Canyon Preserve, a 4000-acre parcel of a total 32,000 acres under the Conservancy’s Davis Mountains protection, was purchased from the Eppenauer family, a conservation-minded west Texas ranching dynasty who had owned the land for seventy years. One of the most beautiful canyons in the Texas high sierras, Madera Canyon is more than 900 feet deep in some places and heady with springs, volcanic dikes, endangered species, and, remarkably, elk.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fort Davis
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 5,850 feet
Top Elevation: 6,090 feet
Local Contacts: Davis Mountains Preserve
Local Maps: USGS Mount Locke
Driving Directions: Directions to Madera Canyon Hiking Trail

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May 2018