The best camping near Davis Mountains State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Davis Mountains State Park adventure.

The best camping near Davis Mountains State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Davis Mountains State Park adventure.

Camping near Davis Mountains State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Davis Mountains State Park adventure.

The mountains meet the desert in this high-altitude Texas wilderness.  

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Top-rated campgrounds near Davis Mountains State Park

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El Cosmico

40 sites · RVs, Tents21 acres · Marfa, TX
El Cosmico takes its inspiration from a long American history of hippies, nomads, bohemians and those living a life of self-determination. We believe in tuning in, dropping out and being here now. Vehicles are not allowed onto the grounds, so if you are staying in your car or RV you will post up in our large parking lot with easy access to the grounds. Tent camping is dispersed, so you pick your space within the designated camping areas that are indicated on the property map provided at the front desk. Front desk hours are from 7:30am-11:00pm daily. If you are arriving after 11pm please call ahead for late check-in instructions.
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Mountain View Lodge

3 sites · RVs, Tents7 acres · Fort Davis, TX
Formerly Mountain Trails Lodge, our property features stunning sunrises and sunsets, wildlife watching, and amazing dark skies viewing. Our on-site Cafe serves breakfast and lunch daily from 8am to 2pm/ We offer tent campsites and one RV site with electricity and water available, along with access to a restroom with shower and amenities, our pavilion with a gas grill and grilling tools, a fridge, ice, and picnic tables. We also have cabins for rent, visible on our website mountainviewlodgetx.com. We have seven acres convenient to many attractions, including McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Davis Mountains State Park, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Center, a 75-mile scenic loop, and more. Marfa, TX, a widely recognized community of world-renowned artists, is just a 20-minute drive away. Alpine, TX is also only 20 minutes away with more amenities and medical care facilities. We are located in a Dark Skies Reserve with spectacular night viewing of stars and the Milky Way, even without a telescope!
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$39
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Cholla Ranch Camp, Glamping Tents

3 sites · Lodging15 acres · Alpine, TX
Learn more about this land: Cholla Ranch Camp, situated in the Chihuahuan Desert of Far West Texas is both remote and convenient as it lies just a few miles from the small town of Alpine. This desert setting has been consistently used as a working ranch for decades. The camp is a 10 acre section we have dedicated to hosting guests out of the 1100 acre ranch. Two unique Glamping Tents and 1 Cabin are offered on the ranch to rent. Each unit offers indoor plumbing, comfy beds, refrigerator, microwave, heat and ac seasonally, a private deck, outdoor cooking space and much much more. From your deck is a direct view of the Twin Peaks during the day and spectacular stargazing at night. Pasture Horses and Cattle Roam the Property while Chickens stay safe in their oversized run. One part ranch, one part camp- all Far West Texas Desert. We supply a range of fantastic organic toiletries that help support our grey water system. Fresh Locally Ground Coffee and yes even snacks. Here at CRC we try to ensure your needs are well taking care of.  We look forward to your stay as a place to relax while being submerged in the history of the land.
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Peaceful Private RV Space

1 site · RV1 acre · Balmorhea, TX
Offers a pleasant view of the Davis Mountains, direct access to the Balmorhea Lake, Balmorhea State Park <5 minutes from town. At your leisure Accommodations will be 50 Amp Electrical Service, Local Freshwater, Sewage, and Wireless Internet. You will be allotted the space and room for 2 vehicles to setup camp and enjoy what Balmorhea has to offer 😊
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Saddletramp Ranch

2 sites · RVs, Tents160 acres · Alpine, TX
Consistently drawn to the Big Bend area, after horseback riding and traveling all over Texas I decided to make it my home and have never looked back. The property is on and surrounded by other large ranches between Alpine and Terlingua, allowing space and privacy. Learn more about this land: Open range is a thing of the past, yet the ranches here intertwine, and the view goes on forever. Undulating hills of desert shrubs, cactus and rock – like an ocean with its waves. Just over 30 miles from Alpine and within an hour from the Big Bend National Park entrance. At a higher elevation than Terlingua, temps are at least 10 degrees cooler here. Easy access to Alpine, Marathon, Marfa, Fort Davis and Terlingua. Great location for Viva Big Bend or a stop-over on the way down south. We have two campsites available. Site 1 can accommodate trailers and Site 2 with primitive tent camping (or car camping) - no trailers. High clearance preferred with both sites, required for Site 2. Campsites are far enough apart to allow privacy. High desert camping, dark skies, views of Calamity Creek, Elephant Mountain, Santiago Mountains, Santiago Peak, Kokernot Mesa. 300 acres. No wifi currently or amenities other than pure peace, quiet and beautiful sunsets. Immerse yourself in the beauty and peacefulness of our high desert. 360 views! Campfire ability dependent on weather/wind. Improvements ongoing. Pack it in, pack it out. This is a wildlife exemption, please respect the desert. Rattlesnakes are more prevalent in the warmer months. Leave no trace! Please dispose of all human waste. No hunting or gathering of any kind allowed. Hiking roads is permitted, as well as on host property. Gates and sites are difficult to find after dark - please notify host if arriving after sunset. Specific/detailed directions will be sent upon booking. Owner lives nearby, out of sight. Yes - you may hear a donkey!
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Gardens Oasis Lobo Texas

100 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Valentine, TX
This is part of many recreational properties in very & unique places, Gardens Oasis are one of the most interesting places for all members of Artists for Humanity coming here to enjoy the true South West of America. Mountain biking, dirt bikes, hiking and exploring this ranch will give you experience you will never have in your city. Part of Sonora Desert this Green Valley is not known to any travel agency. It is yours to explore in it's pristine and original state. Never miss the chance to see it and park your trailer here. Quiet, safe, exotic. Don't forget to take some water with you. You may need that.
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The best camping near Davis Mountains State Park guide

Overview

About

More than 2,700 acres of mile-high peaks—the highest is 5,600 feet—and rugged plains look out over the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert in Davis Mountains State Park. Wild scenery is a guarantee, whether you choose to explore by horseback or mountain bike, hike all the way to the Fort Davis National Historic Site, or picnic along Limpia Creek. Birdwatchers won’t want to miss the bird blind (one of the best spots in West Texas to view birds while staying unseen), and camping is plentiful, with everything from full hookup RV sites to backcountry tent sites. You can even book a room at the historic Indian Lodge.

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Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve one of the park’s 101 campsites in advance via the Texas State Parks website. 
  2. Campsite reservations open five months in advance, and all sites can be reserved, including primitive and equestrian sites.
  3. Campsites can book up fast for summer and holiday weekends—book as early as possible, especially if you have a particular site in mind.

When to go

Davis Mountains State Park is open year-round but busiest from March through Labor Day. Daytime temperatures can reach over 90°F in summer, but the mountains are generally cooler and less humid than the surrounding desert, and it’s still enjoyable to hike and camp during this time. But temperatures drop after sundown, so bring warm clothes even in summer, and expect nights to dip below freezing in winter. Wildflowers start blooming in spring and are most impressive after rainfall. 

Know before you go

  • Davis Mountains State Park is located three miles northwest of Fort Davis.
  • Park entrance fees are required in addition to camping fees, and general entrance reservations can be made up to one month in advance.
  • Facilities in the park include restrooms, picnic benches, and a park store selling souvenirs, snacks, and drinks. You can purchase groceries, firewood, and camping supplies in Fort Davis.
  • Regular campsites have picnic benches, grills, and access to restrooms/showers; some are also accessible to wheelchairs. Primitive sites have no facilities or water, and campfires are not permitted (fuel stoves are allowed). 
  • Bird-watching and stargazing are highlights. Pack your binoculars and keep campsite lighting to a minimum to preserve the dark skies.

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