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Any Hiking/Must-see advice for a quick stopover in Davis Mountains State Park?

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Offline Slimkitty

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I'm headed to Big Bend in a couple of weeks with my wife and baby.  The night before we drop into the area we have a campsite reserved in Davis Mtns  SP.  I hope to arrive there in the early afternoon with enough time for a 2-3 hour hike.  Any suggestions on which trail to pick for this hike?  Is there anything else at the park that we absolutely must see?

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Offline Flash

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- Hike or drive up to the Overlook for some tremendous views.
- Eat at the Black Bear Restaurant at Indian Lodge in the Park.

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Offline SA Bill

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Check out the Overlook drive after dark if it's clear. Great view of the stars. Check with the Rangers...I think you have to get a permit to drive up after sunset.
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Offline jim2

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If you have time check out CDRI while in Ft Davis.

http://www.cdri.org/

You can hike all the trails in about half a day, the geology exhibit on top of the hill is excellent and the hike to the the spring is worth the time. The botanical garden and cactus house are well maintained by a very hard working gardener. 
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Offline House Made of Dawn

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If you have time check out CDRI while in Ft Davis.

http://www.cdri.org/

You can hike all the trails in about half a day, the geology exhibit on top of the hill is excellent and the hike to the the spring is worth the time. The botanical garden and cactus house are well maintained by a very hard working gardener.

+1 on the CDRI. Well worth the time. Deepens oneís understanding of the Bend.


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Offline Slimkitty

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Any Hiking/Must-see advice for a quick stopover in Davis Mountains State Park?
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2017, 09:54:13 PM »
If you have time check out CDRI while in Ft Davis.

http://www.cdri.org/

You can hike all the trails in about half a day, the geology exhibit on top of the hill is excellent and the hike to the the spring is worth the time. The botanical garden and cactus house are well maintained by a very hard working gardener.

Iím very interested in this.  However I might not be able to fit it in.  Could I visit CDRI in the AM and still make it to hike Closed Canyon and end up in Terlingua all before dark?  If not, itís on the to-do list for sure.


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Offline House Made of Dawn

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If you have time check out CDRI while in Ft Davis.

http://www.cdri.org/

You can hike all the trails in about half a day, the geology exhibit on top of the hill is excellent and the hike to the the spring is worth the time. The botanical garden and cactus house are well maintained by a very hard working gardener.

Iím very interested in this.  However I might not be able to fit it in.  Could I visit CDRI in the AM and still make it to hike Closed Canyon and end up in Terlingua all before dark?  If not, itís on the to-do list for sure.


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Yeah, it's been awhile since I drove that route, but I think it'd do-able on your schedule. A couple or three hours at CDRI in the morning, lunch in Fort Davis, a two-and-a-half hour drive to Closed Canyon, a two-hour (or less) hike into and out of Closed Canyon, and then a 30-45 minute drive to Terlingua.  Assuming, of course, that you're not planning to rappel down to the river at the end of Closed Canyon.  :icon_wink:  That said, you could also easily spend an entire day at CDRI. Just depends on whether you want to go deep or go wide on this trip. I'd probably go wide. You can always come back and dig deeper later.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

 


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