This wild and remote region is one of the most scenic in Texas.
Davis Mountains Preserve This wild and remote region is one of the most scenic places in Texas. © Jerod Foster

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Davis Mountains Open Days


March 13, 2020

Friends and supporters:

We've been listening to and researching guidance from the Center for Disease Control and public health experts and are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Until further notice, TNC preserves in Texas are now closed to the public. We’ll be updating all of our digital channels in real time with current schedules and information. The health and safety of our members and supporters is our highest priority—thank you for understanding!

The Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountains Preserve opens for hiking, biking, equestrian, picnics, photography, birding and other outdoor activities on selected days. Hours for Open Day events are from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, and hours for Open Weekend events are from Friday at 8:00 am until Sunday at 4:00 pm as well.

The Davis Mountains Preserve is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Ft. Davis on Hwy. 118 (about 10 miles past McDonald Observatory and about one quarter of a mile past the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area). Guests will be required to sign in and out at the McIvor Conservation Center. Camping is only allowed in designated areas, and only on Open Weekends.

2020 Open Preserve Days

  • July 10-12
  • August 7-9
  • October 9-11
  • November 14
  • December 4-6

Important Reminders:

  • Only high clearance street legal vehicles will be allowed past the McIvor Conservation Center.
  • Only camp stoves are allowed, and ground fires are prohibited.
  • Restrooms are available at the McIvor Conservation Center.
  • Guests should bring their own food and drinks and plan to take their trash home with them.
  • Hikers should bring their own binoculars, cameras, sunscreen, hats, appropriate footwear and plenty of water to drink.
  • Firearms and any technology that disrupts quiet enjoyment are not permitted on the preserve.
  • For safety reasons, children must be supervised by their parents or other designated adults.
  • No pets of any kind are permitted on the preserve, other than service animals for assistance.

Madera Canyon Trail is located in the Davis Mountains Preserve, adjacent to the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area, and open to the public year-round from dawn until dusk. We respectfully request that hikers sign in at the trailhead kiosk prior to departing upon the trail. 

Reservations are not required at this time. For more information, contact Tara Poloskey by email at or call (432) 426-2390.

* The hike to Baldy Peak is rated as strenuous with an elevation gain of 1,800 feet. Depending on individual ability, the trail will take a fit hiker 4-6 hours on average not including drive time to the trailhead. On Open Days the gates close at 4pm. Please plan accordingly.