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Top Choice Observatory in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

McDonald Observatory

Free from the light pollution of big cities, the middle of west Texas has some of the clearest and darkest skies in North America, making it the perfect spot for an observatory. Some of the world's biggest telescope…
State Park in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Davis Mountains State Park

The majestic sunrises and sunsets at this remote park rival any we're seen – and we've seen plenty. This wonderful place is just a few miles northwest of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, set amid the most extensive mountain r…
Historic Site in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Fort Davis National Historic Site

A remarkably well-preserved frontier military post with an impressive backdrop at the foot of Sleeping Lion Mountain, Fort Davis was established in 1854 and abandoned in 1891. More than 20 buildings remain – five of…
Market in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Stone Village Market

Looking for the perfect sandwich for your sunset picnic? Then step up to the deli counter at this welcoming market for the touted cranberry-almond chicken salad. There are plenty of snacks and drinks in the surround…
American in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Black Bear Restaurant

What could have been a perfunctory restaurant at the Indian Lodge within Davis Mountains State Park is actually a more-than-decent dining option. Look for burgers, BLT sandwiches, chicken-fried steak, burritos and s…
American in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Blue Mountain Bistro

Fort Davis' only upscale eatery serves up hearty bistro fare in the evening (mountain trout, steak and fries, and at least one vegetarian option). Blue Mountain also has the only full bar in Jeff Davis County – and …
American in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Fort Davis Drug Store

Part diner, part old-fashioned soda fountain – but no 1950s nostalgia here. The theme is pure cowboy, with corrugated metal, big wooden chairs and lots of saddles providing the backdrop. Dine on country-style breakf…
Museum in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Rattlers & Reptiles

Snakes, spiders, scorpions…all the things you should check your boots for before you put them on can be seen on display at this funky little musuem. Sure, the critters on display give some people the willies, but be…
Nature Reserve in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

Four miles south of town, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center exhibits the region's flora in gardens and on trails. Take a 2-mile hike down into a canyon, watch butterflies flitting around wildflower gardens, check …
Mexican in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Cueva de Leon

While El Paso has a Mexican restaurant on practically every street corner, they're harder to find in central west Texas, so grab some decent enchiladas and chile rellenos while you can at this local favorite. Rememb…