Fort Davis was established and grew under the protection of the U.S. Army post of the same name, which was founded in 1854 at the crossroads of the famous Chihuahua Trail and Butterfield Overland Mail Route. The community has served as a county seat of Presidio County and later Jeff Davis County—created largely from Presidio. Fort Davis was among the 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Altitude and climate make it a popular tourist and camping area. Visitors will find specialty shops, restaurants and accommodations, including the oldest inn in the state.
The Prude Guest Ranch is popular for meetings and vacations. It offers horseback riding, hayrides, chuck-wagon cookouts and more. 800/458-6232. www.prude-ranch.com.
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