More than 5000ft above sea level, Fort Davis has an altitudinal advantage over the rest of Texas, both in terms of elevation and the cooler weather it offers. That makes it a popular oasis during the summer, when west Texans head toward the mountains to escape the searing desert heat. The area is part of both the Chihuahuan Desert and the Davis Mountains, giving it a unique setting where wide-open spaces are suddenly pierced by rock formations springing from the earth.
As for the town itself, it sprang up near the actual fort of the same name, built in 1854 to protect the pioneers and gold rushers who were heading out west from the attacks of Comanche and Apache warriors. The town retains an Old West feel befitting its history.