Camping is the main reason to visit the state park, as the scenery is no different to all other parts of the mountains which may be visited free of charge. The campground has 94 sites, some full hookups, all well shaded, along a paved road through a shallow valley (Keesey Canyon
) in the middle of the park. The sites have pleasant views of the grassy slopes and tree-covered surroundings, though no extended vista of the desert below. Past the campsites, the road ends at Indian Lodge, a historic pueblo-style hotel constructed in the 1930s, offering 39 rooms, wi-fi, a swimming pool and a restaurant. The other park road (Skyline Drive
) ascends to a ridgetop and follows it eastwards a way, passing several viewing areas that look out across the hills towards the flat desert in the south. The drive ends at a covered enclosure above the upper part of Hospital Canyon, a short drainage leading into Fort Davis NHS
; the 1.5 mile path to the site (not to be used after 5 pm) descends the hillside gradually and enters the complex near the restored hospital building. Several other trails start from the campground, the north side of hwy 118 and along the scenic drive, most climbing hills to other viewpoints.
The Davis Mountains are volcanic in origin and are sprinkled with frequent outcrops of rounded basalt boulders, but the majority of the landscape is soft, undulating hills, greenish-yellow in color, wooded in a few areas but mostly covered by grass. Common plants and trees include ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, oak, juniper, sumac, catclaw acacia and Torrey's yucca
Apart from Indian Lodge and a few motels in Fort Davis, the nearest places with lodging are Alpine
(28 miles) and Pecos
Map of Davis Mountains State Park