Davis Mountains Resort

The Davis Mountains Resort, located to the southeast of the central core of the Davis Mountains, can be found off of highway 166 some eleven miles outside of Fort Davis. This private developement is centered in a large basin containing numerous canyons and ridges that radiate out from the central basin. Elevations range from around 5,500' at the bottom to over 7,600' on one of the summits of Paradise Mountain.

The lowlands and creek bottoms abound with enormous emory oaks, and the occasional black walnut or wild cherry tree. The mid-range altitudes are covered with gray oaks, piñon pines and alligator junipers. The higher regions, primarily to the west, are thick with ponderosa pines, gray and red oaks with an occasional thicket of silver leaf oaks. All regions contain a substantial population of piñon pines and alligator junipers both of which can become quite enormous on the higher altitude meadows. Also present is the rare Texas Madrona tree which can be found at all altitudes if there is sufficient moisture to sustain it. In the higher elevations you may also find apache plume, scarlet bouvardia, and mountain mohogany.

Each section of the Resort has its own character and can range from open savannah like conditions in the southeast to lush forests near the western end of the Resort. As a region where hunting is prohibited the Resort abounds in wildlife. Mule and white tail deer are ubiquitous and flocks of wild turkeys and javelinas are common sights as well. Mountain lions are found in the Resort but are seldom seen, more elusive still is the occasional black bear that wanders through the area. The Resort has also become quite famous for its resident and seasonal humingbird populations.

The Resort was established in 1973 with the subdivision of part of the old Friends Ranch. One can still see the old stock tanks, corrals and header dams from the ranching days. All of the roads are unpaved and can range from well maintained to barely more than a 4X4 Jeep trail. Many of the inhabitants of the Resort look affectionately on the rutted, rocky, pot hole filled roads and feel that they help maintain the wild character of the place and act as a brake on overdevelopement. Currently there are fewer than 150 permanent residents in the Resort since most land owners are absentee. The Resort is unicorporated but does have a property owners association that maintains the roads, a community center, a volunteer fire department and emergency services. The Resort has a general store, two churches and park facilities for the local residents.

In the late 90's this area became known to the world for all the wrong reasons. One local resident decided that Texas had been illegally annexed to the United States and proceeded to announce that he represented the true government of Texas and declared his trailer to be the "embassy" of the Republic of Texas. After leaving a trail of bogus leins and other disruptions this group took hostages bringing the wrath of the Federal Government down on their heads. Today the ring leader of the group is in jail and the embassy has been burned down and the property where it stood now belongs to the Nature Conservancy.

The Davis Mountains Resort is an unusual community nestled amid some of the most beautiful scenery Texas has to offer. It has had a troubled past but the present and future look bright for this unique mountain community.

Western view from Remington Ridge
Snowfall on Skyline Ridge
Blue Mountain from Remington Ridge
View of Mount Richman from Low Meadow Drive

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