Curious about life at a frontier military post? Wondering what it would have been like to serve in the military at a remote post in the Southwest during the Indian Wars? Then Fort Davis National Historic Site in Texas should be on your list of parks to visit. It is one of the best examples of a frontier fort in the Southwest. Fort Davis is widely recognized for its role in the history of the “Buffalo Soldiers,” African-Americans who served in the frontier Army.
Undeveloped and historic views help tell the story of Army life on the American frontier. The views at Fort Davis are just as much a part of the experience as the fort itself. Wide-open vistas help park visitors experience the frontier as the soldiers did in the nineteenth century.
—Felicia Carr & Suzanne Dixon, NPCA
If You Go
Take a Hike! Trails lead to a spectacular overlook of the fort and connect with trails in Davis Mountains State Park. Ask for a trail map in the Visitor Center.
Like most of the parks of the National Park System, the national parks of Texas face serious challenges as we move toward the National Park Centennial Year of 2016. These include air and water pollution, under-funding and under-staffing, inappropriate use of off-road vehicles, and the challenges of Texas’s location on an international border.