Fort Davis lies 21 miles Southwest of Alpine which makes it a perfect destination for a day-trip if you are based in Alpine. We opted to do just that and it turned out to be one of our best day trips.
Along The Way..............
We stopped to hike at the Chihuahuan Dessert Nature Center . This place is a must see if you are in the area. The gardens are stunning and the hikes beautiful. The center itself is staffed by well informed and helpful volunteers who are passionate about conserving the beauty of the area. WE stayed about 2 hours hiking one of the trails and then exploring the indigenous gardens.
If you can, take some time and explore this beautiful place .There are photo opportunities at every turn and hikes to suit everyone. From there it is a short drive into Fort Davis which was out next stop.
The town of Fort Davis is small but offers plenty of places to eat and explore. It derives it namesake from the historic site of the Frontier Post -Fort Davis.
An important post in the defense of western Texas, Fort Davis played a significant role in the history of the Southwest. Even if you are not a history buff this is a must see if you are in the area. The sheer size of the surrounding rocks that protected the fort is well worth the trip. The preservation of the fort makes it easy to close your eyes imagine the daily struggles of living here.
Next Head Home Via Marfa
Take another scenic drive this time stopping at the artsy town of Marfa. Marfa is a small dessert town that has been taken over by artist. We enjoyed the architecture but little else. Our stop was brief, the highlight was trying to find the "tiny church" from Roadside America.
Whichever route you take you will be amazed at the beauty of the dessert. This area is desolate yet quite beautiful. Take the backroads and enjoy the drive………………….
As the storm brewed we headed back to the comfort of our Airbnb to take a long nap...............................
Exploring our world one trip at a time......................