Davis Mountains State Park

Sunday, December 21 through Saturday, December 27, 2003

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This is the third time we have been to this park.  The second time is described here.  The first time is described here.   This time around, we ended up at a campsite (#2) along the creek.  There is much more wildlife around the creek.  The wildlife  uses the dry creek bed as a highway.

Other than birds, the wildlife seems to be limited to deer and javalina.   Both deer and javalina are over populated and create problems.  They both approach humans looking for handouts.   While we did see people feeding the deer, we heard from a park host that he had seen people feeding the javalina by hand.    Deer don't seem to be that dangerous - they would just kick you or head butt you.  The Javalina can eat you.   They certainly have been known to maim/kill dogs.

If you stay in the park, you need to take some of the same precautions that you would take if you we visiting a park with brown bears.  The javalina have figured out that people are great sources of food and they routinely patrol the campgrounds looking for food.  They know how to enter tents, coolers, etc.  It is very hard not the run for the hills when a pack of 20 plus javalinas invade your campsite while you are eating.

Just like our previous trips to this park, I did see a woodpecker again.  Looking at the quick guide to Texas birds, I think it was a Ladder-Backed Woodpecker.  The Pileated Woodpecker also has a red head but those are very rare and I think you only see those on the East side of the state.  I didn't get a picture so you'll have to take my word for it.

We drove down to Big Bend Ranch State Park.  Big Bend Ranch State Park is around 120 miles south of Davis Mountains State Park.  We just stopped in at the ranger station just outside of Presidio.  We are still trying to figure out the best way for us to camp in the wilder areas of Big Bend.

While staying in the park last time, we visited Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI), The McDonald Observatory, The Museum of the Big Bend, and The Overland Museum.  We didn't stop in at any of these spots this time around.

The first time we stayed at the Davis Mountains State Park, we also visited Indian Lodge, Fort Davis National Historic Site,   The McDonald Observatory, and The Marfa Mystery Lights.

Below, the Interpretive Center. Below, the hill side campground.

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Indian Lodge from a different hill. The rest room building.

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Below are two different types of palms that are common throughout the park.

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Our campsite from the dry creekbed. We decorated our trailer with lights and a Christmas wreath.

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