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The Nature Conservancy’s Madera Canyon Trail is open!

Davis Mountains Reserve, Ft Davis Texas

Press Release: West Texas Education and Outreach


Get a closer look into a high-elevation desert and forested sky island where you could find exciting birds such as the Montezuma quail and grace’s warbler, and plants you’ll only find where the weather is cooler and wetter, like Ponderosa pine trees.

Directions: Drive north on Highway 118 toward the State Park and the Observatory for 23 miles until you see the Lawrence E Wood Picnic Area in Ft . Davis Texas. Turn left and the trailhead is on your immediate left within the picnic area.


  • Length: 2.3 miles
  • Difficulty level: easy-moderate (uneven terrain, hilly) 
  • Elevation change: 175 feet, max elevation: 6,050
  • Practice common sense distancing: one adult cougar length between hikers please. 
  • No restrooms or water source.
  • Temps could be more than 10 degrees cooler, and sudden storms are common; please dress appropriately.
  • Pack in / pack out.
  • Caution: Expect to see wildlife such as javelina, hog, and rattlesnakes but do not approach, harass, or harm any wildlife. Do not collect artifacts, plants or animals. All are protected within the preserve. High altitude may make hiking difficult for those from lower elevations.

Davis Mountains Project Office of The Nature Conservancy: 603-A State Street, Fort Davis. Let me know you hiked! 432-386-3493

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Enjoy, Tara

Tara M. Poloskey

West Texas Education and Outreach Coordinator


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