We originally only planned to stay two nights with Jenny and Scott at Mountain Trails Lodge, and ended up staying for five. That right there says something.
My initial phone contact with Jenny was beyond fantastic- she happily booked our stay and went above and beyond to answer the questions I had about the Davis Mountains/Fort Davis/Marfa/Alpine area. I'm a native Texan, but had never been to the Davis Mountains or Big Bend. Jenny and her husband, Scott are a vast resource of information not only on the day-to-day happenings around, but also hold advanced degrees in History and Scientific and Technical Communications, and can fill you in on just about anything you might want to know. They have historically lead large groups on birding, geological, and natural history tours of The Big Bend and Northern Mexico, and concurrently operate a natural education program. Mountain Trails Lodge is a natural development from that business.
The cabins themselves are quiet, very clean, and comfortable. We were able to fit our family of four into one of the double bed rooms tightly, but easily. Keep in mind this is far West Texas, folks. You aren't going to get the Ritz Carlton out here, so don't even begin to expect that level of accomodation. You are in the middle of the remote West Texas Dessert, so keep that in mind. What you do get is an extremely pleasant, inviting, and clean place to stay with enough of that West Texas Funky vibe to make it really interesting and fun.
I can't say enough about the location: 20 minutes to the McDonald Obeservatory for star parties or solar viewings, 10 minutes to Davis Mountains State Park. 5 minutes or less to Historic Fort Davis. 25 minutes to Marfa. 25 minutes to Alpine. 5 minutes or less to in-town dining and attractions (Rattlesnake Museum, anyone?). If you want to hit it all, this is the place to be.
Breakfast is included in your room rate and should absolutely not be skipped. Served family/buffet style, menu items over the various days included: Scrambled Eggs, Migas, French Toast, Buttermilk-Whole-Wheat Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, Grilled Ham, Blueberry Muffins and Various Other Little Wonderful Pastries, Juices, Big Bend Coffee (Awsome, BTW, I brought some home with me), Biscuits. Even Fresh Fruit on several occasions. Fresh Fruit! In the middle of the Chihuahuan Dessert! Not easy to do, folks- you're miles from anywhere out there.
I travel for a living, and in all, MTL has the Divine Trifecta I look for in overnight accomdations: Perfect Location, Comfy and Inviting Digs, and Genuinely Good People as proprietors. I honestly think you can't find a better place in the area for a base of operations than Mountain Trails Lodge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let the quiet of the Davis Mountains envelope you. From your cabin's private porch, away from television and distractions, listen to the sounds of nature and watch for birds and wildlife. Our Lodge lies on a serene hillside overlooking the Chihuahuan Desert, less than a mile south of historic Fort Davis. Cabins feature two double beds or one queen bed, kitchenette, climate control, private bath and high-speed wireless Internet. A large-screen TV with DishNetwork satellite is available in the family room, a short walk from cabins. Family room and covered outdoor pavilion are wonderful gathering spaces, with tables, chairs and a propane grill for guest use. Effective January 2015, breakfast is NO LONGER included, but we can recommend some great breakfast options in town. ... more less