Our Opinion: Rave - if you don’t mind losing your cell phone coverage in the campground. A great stop in the wide open spaces of west Texas.
Weather During Stay: Dry and cool. Lows near freezing; highs around 70. Very windy at times.
Site Description: We’re in a full-hookup (50 amp and cable TV included) pull-out, site 16. All the FHU sites are pull-outs, right alongside the loop road. Sites in the lower FHU loop (1-16) have more privacy and shade than those in the upper loop. Sites are spacious, with concrete patios, picnic tables, and fire rings.
The campground has 94 sites total: 33 W, 34 W/30 amp E; 27 FHU 50 amp. Some sites are shaded, some are in full sun, so pick your site according to the weather. Many sites are somewhat sloped, including site 16, and difficult to level a big rig. Dump station available.
Rate: FHU sites are $20/night, plus a per person day use fee ($4/$2 senior, over age 65). As we usually do in Texas, we bought the $60 annual pass - it covers the day use fee for both of us in every state park for 12 months, a good money saver for us.
Phone/radio/TV: No Verizon service in the campground - drive or hike to the scenic overlook for service. Free WiFi available to campers in the lounge of the Indian Lodge, an historic lodging in the state park. Some obstacles for roof-mounted satellites. FHU sites have cable TV. Only one radio station available, and it is NPR - 93.5!
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This campground is in a narrow valley in the Davis Mountains at 5,000 ft. elevation. Views are of dry grasslands, cactus, and woodlands along the (mostly dry) creek bed. Grassy, rocky mountains flank the campground on both sides. Lots of wildlife here – birds, tame deer, and families of javelina.
Lighting/Noise: No light at night except on the small buildings in the campground. Stars galore, as there is no nearby light pollution. NO noise.
Favorite Sites: For FHU sites, we prefer the 1-16 loop - more privacy and more trees.
Comments: Scenic, historic Ft. Davis (4 miles away) has the old fort (a national historic site), shops, fuel, Hotel Limpia (looks like their restaurant would be good), a nice bookstore and an excellent natural foods market. This campground is a good base camp for explore the “west Texas triangle”: Ft. Davis, Marfa and Alpine. Renowned McDonald Observatory is not far from the state park.