• Photo by: Max Kandler

    Fort Davis

    National Historic Site Texas

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  • Museum Closure

    The Visitor Center contact station is functioning out of the park auditorium. This is because the official Visitor Center is closed while it undergoes major rehabilitation. Completion date; summer 2014. Everything else is open, as usual, at the park.

Things To Do

Picture of the commanding officer's quarters Fort Davis.

NPS Photo

Begin your visit at the visitor center and museum and see the 15-minute video on the history of the fort.
Take a self-quided tour of the five buildings that are restored and refurnished to the 1880s or explore the other 100 ruins and foundations. Interpreters dressed in period clothing are stationed at some of these buildings during the summer months and spring-break (mid-March).

 
Picture of a volunteers in period dress firing the post cannon during flag lowering ceremony.

Photo by Max Kandler

Follow the daily routine of a soldier as you listen to the bugle calls or journey back into time as the sound presentation of an 1875 dress retreat parade plays throughout the fort at scheduled times.

 
View of Fort Davis from one of the walking trails.

Photo by Mark Texel
Assaca Press, copyright 2000

Take a hike. Trails lead to a spectacular overlook of the fort and connect with trails of Davis Mountains State Park. Ask for a trail map in the Visitor Center.

 
Picture of Jr. Ranger badge and patch.

Complete a Junior Ranger program. There is one available for all age groups. Plan to stay 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Curriculum-based education programs are also available for school groups, grades K-12. See FOR TEACHERS or call the park for details (432) 426-3224 ext. 224.

Did You Know?

Post hospital Fort Davis NHS.

When completed, the restored post hospital will provide visitors with an understanding and appreciation of a segment of garrison life often overlooked. It will serve to better tell the story of those who lived and sometimes died at Fort Davis during the last quarter of the 19th century.