Scenic Routes: Davis Mountain Loop Takes You Deep in the Heart of West Texas

Davis Mountain Loop in West Texas

Location: Fort Davis, TX
Length: 75 miles
Route: From Fort Davis, take route 118 northwest to route 166, follow 166 to route 17

Overview:
At 3 hours from El Paso and 6 hours from San Antonio, Fort Davis, Texas is definitely far removed from any city sprawl. It is the state's highest town (5,050 feet) located close to the Davis Mountains State Park. In addition to hiking, biking, birding, and horseback riding, the area is known for a 75-mile scenic loop that offers dramatic views of some of the tallest peaks in Texas. Driving the loop takes approximately 1.5 hours and climbs up to 6,700 feet in elevation.

In addition to the scenic loop, the immense natural beauty of the region is complimented by a rich artistic community. Nearby Marfa is known for its numerous galleries and museums. The world-renowned Chinati Foundation sits on 340 acres of land and features large installations, paintings, and sculptures by a select group of 12 artists. The museum offers guided tours and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday.

Finally, a visit to the area wouldn't be complete without witnessing the mysterious Marfa Lights. After sunset, you can take in this strange phenomenon at a special viewing area 9 miles east of town on highway 90.

Points of Interest:
McDonald Observatory
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens
Chinati Foundation Art Museum
Davis Mountains State Park and Indian Lodge
Balmorhea State Park

Before You Go:
Pack any necessary equipment for outdoor activities and be sure to update your navigation system map. Each map update includes the latest points of interest as well as new and modified roads throughout the United States.


image via Claire Gillman on Flickr

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