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Davis Mountains Open Days

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Rocky outcrops with forested mountains in the distance.
Davis Mountains Preserve This wild and remote region is one of the most scenic places in Texas. © Jerod Foster

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Registrations are now being accepted for the December Open Day Events at the Davis Mountains Preserve

Overview

2022 Update:

Our Madera Canyon Trail is separate from The Davis Mountains Preserve and is OPEN to the public all year long, from sunrise to sunset, regardless of the closure of the Davis Mountains Preserve. Click here for directions and more information.

The Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountains Preserve, home to Mount Livermore and Baldy Peak, opens for hiking, biking, equestrian, picnics, photography, birding, and other outdoor activities on selected days throughout the year.

The following dates are our TENTATIVE 2022 Davis Mountains Preserve Open Events, all subject to change with ongoing updates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, A RESERVATION IS REQUIRED to attend any Open Event on the preserve. Reservations will be available on this webpage in the middle of the month before each open event.

Upcoming Open Events:

Open Day Events: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Open Weekend Events: 8:00am Friday – 5:00pm Sunday

  • December 9-11th (Open Weekend with Overnight Camping)

 

Open Day Event Requirements:

  • High clearance, street-legal vehicles are required to drive past the McIvor Conservation Center.
  • Campfires are prohibited on the preserve.
  • Firearms are not permitted on the preserve.
  • Any person under the age of 18 must be supervised by an accompanying adult.
  • No pets, aside from licensed service animals for assistance, are permitted on the preserve.

 

Other Important Information:

  • All waste will need to be packed in and packed out.
  • Public Restrooms are available at the McIvor Conservation Center.
  • We suggest bringing plenty of food and water, rain gear, hiking boots, sunscreen, and hats for any of our trails.
  • Weather is unpredictable on the preserve. Make sure you are prepared for a wide range of conditions.

For more information, contact Kaylee French by email at kaylee.french@TNC.ORG, or call (432) 426-2390.

* The hike to Baldy Peak of Mount Livermore 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 to complete, not including drive time to the trailhead. On Open Days, the gates close at 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.

FAQs

General

  • Is the Davis Mountains Preserve open to the public year-round?

    The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve is open to the public during each of our Open Events for the year. Our Open Event dates are posted on our Davis Mountains Preserve Open Events Webpage at the beginning of each calendar year here. Our Open Event dates change each year.

  • Do you have your Open Event dates set for next year?

    We set the date of our Open Events at the beginning of each calendar year.

  • Do I need reservations for the Open Events? Where and when can I make them?

    At this time, reservations are required to attend each Open Event.

    Reservations can be made only through our Davis Mountains Open Events Webpage here. The links to the next month’s reservation pages will be posted on that webpage SOMETIME DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH BEFORE EACH OPEN EVENT. Example: our October 14 – 16 Open Weekend Reservation Pages will be posted sometime between September 1 – 15. This is true for every month, and the release dates change each month.

  • What’s my best shot for getting a reservation?

    Sign up for our TNC Texas Nature News, “Like” The Nature Conservancy in Texas on Facebook, or sign up for our email list by contacting kaylee.french@tnc.org.

  • Can I hike Mount Livermore/Baldy Peak outside of the Open Events?

    No. Mount Livermore/Baldy Peak is only accessible to the public during our Open Events.

  • What does high clearance mean? Do I need high clearance? Do I need 4WD?

    Per The National Park Service, a high clearance 2WD vehicle is defined as an SUV or truck type vehicle with at least 8 inches of clearance or more, from the lowest point of the frame, body, suspension, or differential, to the ground.

    A high clearance vehicle is required to drive anywhere past our McIvor Conservation Center at the entrance of the Davis Mountains Preserve, including to the trailhead for Mount Livermore/Baldy Peak. There are several trails accessible from our McIvor Center that do not require you to have a high clearance vehicle.

    NOTE: During our rainy season (July – September), our Madera Canyon Road has several water crossings that can be impassible. Other trails are available, if this is the case.

    A 4WD vehicle is not required but is helpful.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    No pets are allowed on the preserve.

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