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'''Fort Davis''' [http://www.fortdavis.com/| '''Fort Davis'''] is a town in the [[Big Bend Country]] region of [[Texas]].
==Get in==
 Fort Davis is 30 located at the intersection of Texas highways 17 and 118, approximately 20 miles north of [[Marfa]] and approximately 24 miles north of [[Alpine_(Texas)|Alpine]]. To get to Fort Davis from US 190 (to the south) follow either Texas 118 north from Alpine or Texas 17 north from Marfa. To get there from I-10 (to the north) take the Texas 17 South exit at Balmorhea, following it approximately 32 miles, through Toyahvale and on Route 67south to Fort Davis.
==Get around==
==See==
*[http://www.nps.gov/foda/| '''Fort Davis National Historic Site'''], on the north side of town, 432 426 3224. The fort was constructed in 1854 to protect the stagecoach service on the newly opened San Antonio-El Paso road from Apache and Comanche attacks.
* The '''McDonald Observatory''' [http://mcdonaldobservatory.org] is atop Mt. Locke. By day, visitors can tour the telescopes and the planetarium ($8 adult, $7 children), which are owned by the University of Texas. The real attraction, though, are the '''Star Parties''' ($10 adult, $8 children) after dusk on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. (Nov-Mar: 7:30 P.M., Apr-Aug: 9:30 P.M., Sep-Oct: 9:00 P.M.) Two of the observatory's more powerful telescopes - as well as several smaller ones - are set up outside for visitors to catch a startlingly clear glimpse of star clusters, distant galaxies and even a member or two of this solar system. The altitude and the remote location ensures that light pollution is kept to a minimum, and enthusiastic guides are on hand to explain exactly what the scopes are showing. Bring a warm jacket regardless of the season, as the temperature drops rather steeply at night.
==Do==
 * [http://www.lajitasstables.com/fortdavis.htm| '''Lajitas Stables''' ]*[http://www.lajitasstablesprude-ranch.com/fortdavis.htm| '''Prude Guest Ranch''' ]
==Buy==
==Get out==
*The [http://mcdonaldobservatory.org| '''McDonald Observatory'''] is atop Mt. Locke, 16 miles west on Texas Highway 118. By day, visitors can tour the telescopes and the planetarium ($8 adult, $7 children), which are owned by the University of Texas. The real attraction, though, are the '''Star Parties''' ($10 adult, $8 children) after dusk on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. (Nov-Mar: 7:30PM, Apr-Aug: 9:30PM, Sep-Oct: 9PM) Two of the observatory's more powerful telescopes - as well as several smaller ones - are set up outside for visitors to catch a startlingly clear glimpse of star clusters, distant galaxies and even a member or two of this solar system. The altitude and the remote location ensures that light pollution is kept to a minimum, and enthusiastic guides are on hand to explain exactly what the scopes are showing. Bring a warm jacket regardless of the season, as the temperature drops rather steeply at night.
*[http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/davis_mountains/| '''Davis Mountains State Park'''] lies on the other side of Fort Davis Park, connected to it by four miles of trails. Entrance off Texas Highway 118 just west of town.
*'''[[Marfa]]'''
*[[Alpine_(Texas)| '''Alpine''']]
*'''[[Big Bend National Park]]'''
*The [http://www.cdri.org/Discovery/News.html| '''Davis Mountains Scenic Loop'''] is an approximately 75 mile scenic drive around the rugged Davis Mountains to the west/northwest of Fort Davis. It includes views of Sawtooth Mountain and 8,382 foot tall Mount Livermore, the fourth-highest peak in Texas. Bring your camera!
* [[Marfa]]
* [[El Paso]]
* [[Big Bend National Park]]
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