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It's just a little steep. View Directions There is a significant rock ledge along the southwest side of the shoulder ridge. Livermore at 8,378 ft., is the second highest mountain peak in Texas. Rising above the Chihuahuan desert, the range forms a unique "sky island" surrounded by the lowland desert. SHEEP PEN CANYON LOOP 5.6 mi 3-4 hrs. 6 May 2019. You can hike or mountain bike all the way to Fort Davis National Historic Site. When you have eliminated the JavaScript , whatever remains must be an empty page. Please sign in at trailhead. The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve is a remarkable piece of the Texas Trans- Pecos, surrounding one of Texas’ few “sky islands” (an isolated mountain area enclosed by extremely different lowland surroundings). Start at Road Canyon Road gate and hike up Road Canyon Road. However, as Texas continues to grow and develop, the region’s natural resources are being stretched to their limits, impacting everything from biodiversity and habitat preservation to freshwater supplies. Show Details. Provided free of charge to visitors by the Nature Conservancy, as part of their Davis Mountains Preserve. At this time, Davis Mountains Preserve remains closed to the public until further notice. Peregrine Falcon # 1. The summit has great views. Check TNC's website for the latest planned open activities. Please visit the park website for more updated information: To help protect this unique ecosystem, The Nature Conservancy established the 33,075-acre Davis Mountains Preserve. However, the Madera Canyon Trail is open from sunrise to sunset—check the "Visit" tab for more details. Though not as high as Guadalupe Peak in the Guadalupe Mountains, the Davis Mountains are quite unique and have their own notable features. Subsequent land acquisitions combined with conservation easements on adjoining property have allowed the Conservancy to protect 102,675 acres of the Davis Mountains. Anyone who is interested in visiting Davis Mountains Preserve Trail System can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. The bushwhack up was a bit of a scramble past two or three rock ledges. For this trail, park in the Madera Canyon Road lot just before the gate and away from the dead lodgepole pines. See 'Visit' tab for details. The sky island also contains plants and animals unable to survive in the harsh, arid desert below and provides refuge for sensitive species like the Rivoli’s hummingbird. Davis Mountain Preserve. The wild and remote Davis Mountains are among Texas’ most awe-inspiring natural areas, evoking the rugged cowboy heritage of the Lone Star State. It then follows the ridge to the summit. Stand up for our natural world with The Nature Conservancy. Right Hand Canyon and Cherry Canyon Loop [CLOSED]. This trail follows Cat Tank Road and veers off to climb up onto the southeast shoulder ridge. Fun fact—the bird blind in the park is one of the best in West Texas. Map Key Favorites Check-Ins. Terms of Use PARKS WILDLIFE Animals and plants living above 5,000 feet are isolated from other similar mountain ranges by vast distances. At this time, Davis Mountains Preserve remains closed to the public until further notice. The knobs south of McDaniel present some challenges. Moderate Traverse a mountain plateau through oak-juniper forests, high desert grasslands and some of the park’s best views! Spanning 2,700 acres in the Davis Mountain foothills, the park offers 12 miles of trails. Please visit the park website for more updated information: Open in Maps, Hiking, birding, camping, wildlife viewing. The wild and remote Davis Mountains is considered one of the most scenic areas of Texas. Ready for some activity? Please visit the park website for more updated information: Formed by volcanoes and sculpted by wind and water, the Davis Mountains rise more than 8,300 feet above sea level out of the expansive Chihuahuan Desert. Directions from Kent:  Take Hwy 118 South for about 23 miles to the intersection of Hwy 118 and Hwy 166. The route follows the right of a ridge to avoid unnecessary climbing up and down. With the Davis Mountains forming one of only three of the state’s unique sky islands—a cooler, wetter landscape surrounded by arid lowland desert—conserving this Texas treasure for people and wildlife is now more important than ever. Click here for larger-size photo. Jul 22, 2016 near Fort Davis, TX. Fees: The Davis Mountains Preserve is open free of charge for hiking and camping in accordance with their Open Access days and weekends. However, the Madera Canyon Trail is open from sunrise to sunset—see below for a trail map and further details. Looking for a great trail in Davis Mountains Preserve, Texas? There is plenty of parking and there are 4-5 nice picnic tables and fire pits that are shaded. Indeed it is one of the most biologically diverse. Feeling ambitious? A 75-mile scenic loop from Fort Davis takes in Davis Mountains State Park and its scarlet bouvardia, silverleaf nightshade, and Apache plume. Wildflower and BandannaMan sitting on Peak 7320 in Davis Mountains Preserve with Livermore (Baldy) behind and above Wildflower's head and Mescalero (Peak 8040) behind and to the right of BandannaMan's head (2015-03-22). In 2017 for instance there are 4 open weekends and 3 open days. The latitude and longitude coordinates of Davis Mountains Preserve Trail System are 30.6301491, -104.1576893 and the approximate elevation is 7,100 feet (2,164 meters) above sea level. Located just off a paved highway (TX 166) west of Fort Davis, Texas, this rocky outcrop of large granite boulders rises nearly 500' and provides fantastic 360 degree views of the Davis Mountains. The Davis Mountains Preserve is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Fort Davis on Highway 118N (about 10 miles past McDonald Observatory and about ¼ … Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. The Davis Mountains Preserve is home to canyon watersheds that feed Little Aguja, Limpia, Madera, and Cherry Creeks—water sources that support diverse wildlife and are crucial habitat for rare aquatic species.