Davis Mountains State Park
We combined the Indian Lodge Loop with an out and back to the scenic overlook on the Skyline Trail. Overall, we hiked 6 miles with 1500′ of climbing.
The Indian Lodge Loop started appropriately from Indian Lodge. This is a quaint full service lodge with stark white adobe walls. In 1930 the Civilian Conservation Corps built the molded adobe blocks to form the walls of Indian Lodge. They used locally harvested materials for the finishing interior touches. But we weren’t here solely for the lodge, so on we hiked.
The trail is fairly rocky and steep at the start as you make it up to the ridge. Once there, you have views of the entire park. We hiked around to the Montezuma Quail Trail and descended that to the campground. We didn’t see any of these quail, they are elusive and private. Across the road we picked up the switchback trail up to the Skyline Overlook and back. This section of trail is also pretty steep and rocky but nothing too crazy. The viewpoint put us on the ridge exactly opposite from where we had just come from. Making a full circle, we headed back to our truck knowing we’d “seen it all”.