On Saturday, the 50k and 25k races start at the historic Indian Lodge and offer challenging climbs and descents on technical terrain. The 25k course is a single loop contained entirely within Davis Mountains State Park. The 50k course runs the entirety of the Davis Mountains State Park trail system with an additional excursion into the Fort Davis National Historic Site.
On Sunday, we chase the sunrise! Chase the Sunrise is a free 3.2 run from Indian Lodge to the lookout shelter at the end of Skyline Drive. The run starts at 7:00 am or you can meet us at the top at 7:30 am. Either way, we'll have coffee and snacks while we watch the sun rise over the West Texas horizon.
You can view the route on Strava.
Take advantage of the Sky Island Race Doc!
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06:00 AM (CDT)
Saturday September 19, 2020
07:30 AM (CDT)
Saturday September 19, 2020
Racer Check-in: 5:00 - 5:45
Race Brief: 5:45
Race Start: 6:00
Racer Check-in: 6:30 - 7:15
Race Brief: 7:15
Race Start: 7:30
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
We will host award ceremonies as all podium finishers for a given race come in.
50k runners must be at :
Park Entrance (mile 16.8) by 11:00 am (averaging at least a 17:51/mile pace)
Park Entrance (mile 28.4) by 2:30 pm (averaging at least a 17:57/mile pace)
Finish Line (mile 31) by 3:15 pm (averaging at least a 17:56/mile pace)
25k runners must finish by 3:15 pm (averaging at least a 30:00/mile pace)
Sunrise @ 7:45 am Sunset @ 7:50 pm
Chase the Sunrise run starts at Indian Lodge at 7:00 am (bring a headlamp) or you can meet us at the top at 7:30 am.
On your way home, swing by the Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel (https://www.fortdavisdrugstore.net/), the unofficial Sky Island spot to grab breakfast before you head home. Wear your race wristband to get free coffee (Big Bend Roasters)!
Davis Mountains State Park - TX-118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
- Indian Lodge guests park at Indian Lodge.
- Campsite guests park at campsites.
- Race day arrivals follow parking attendants. Race day parking is in Campgrounds 62-94,
- Overflow parking: follow parking attendants to the park maintenance facilities across from Indian Lodge.
Park Entrance Fees
Park entrance fees are covered for all race participants. Spectators must pay their own entry fee. You can pay for spectator entry fees on the Texas State Park's reservation system and print your park pass prior to leaving for the race. This will speed your entry into the park.
- No pacers allowed
- Every 50k racer MUST start with a light, as you will run in the dark for the first 90 minutes of the race.
- Every racer MUST start with a water carrier. You must either have at least one water bottle or a hydration vest/hydration pack.
Although all our courses are excellently marked, you can never predict what can happen during a race. We recommend learning about the 10 essentials for backcountry safety and bringing them in your running pack. Learn more about the 10 essentials in this article by North Shore Rescue.
For 50k runners, drop bags can be left at the Park Entrance Aid Station (mile 16.8), which you can do on the morning of the race.
Aid stations are available at the following locations and mile marks:
|50k Aid Stations||Mile Marker||25k Aid Stations||Mile Marker|
|Sky Line Ridge -||3.6||Park Entrance||1.2|
|Sky Line Ridge -||7.0||Primitive Loop||4.2|
|Sky Line Ridge -||11.3||Primitive Loop||9.6|
|Sky Line Ridge -||14.4||Park Entrance||12.6|
|Park Entrance -||16.8|
|Primitive Loop -||19.7|
|Primitive Loop -||25.4|
|Park Entrance -||28.3|
|Finish Line -||30.8|
Davis Mountains State Park, 2708.9 acres in size, is located in Davis County, four miles northwest of Fort Davis, approximately halfway between Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, and Big Bend National Park. The original portion of the park was deeded to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by a local family. Original improvements were accomplished by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933; the park has been open to the public in since the late 1930s; formal campground facilities were added in 1967. NATURE OF THE AREA Extremes of altitude averaging 1-mile high produce both plains grasslands and pinyon juniper-oak woodlands. Montezuma quail, usually farther west, are regularly observed in the park. Scattered stands of ponderosa and the more common pinyon pine, mixed with oak and juniper, cover higher elevations. During wet years, the park abounds in wildflowers. Emory and gray oak and one-seed juniper are the most common trees in the park. Emory oak is predominant along Keesey Creek. Scarlet bouvardia, little-leaf leadtree, trompillo, evergreen sumac, fragrant sumac, Apache plum, little walnut, treecholla, Torrey yucca, catclaw acacia, and agarito are conspicuous shrubs, some of which flower abundantly. The Davis Mountains, the most extensive mountain range in Texas, were formed by volcanic activity during the Tertiary geologic period, which began around 65 million years ago. These mountains were named after Jefferson Davis, U.S. Secretary of War and later President of the Confederacy, who ordered the construction of the Fort Davis army post. Most Indian bands passed through the Davis Mountains, although the Mescalero Apaches made seasonal camps. As west Texas settlements increased, raiding in Mexico and along the San Antonio-El Paso Trail became a way of life for Apaches, Kiowas, and Comanches. Few Americans had seen the Davis Mountains prior to 1846. After the war with Mexico, a wave of gold seekers, settlers, and traders came through the area and needed the protection of a military post - Fort Davis. Fort Davis was active from 1854 until 1891, except for certain periods during the Civil War. In 1961, the historic fort ruins were declared a National Historic Site, and a vast restoration/preservation program was initiated by the National Park Service.
Reservation for the Historic Indian Lodge are sold out for the Sky Island 2020.
Camping reservations for the 30 campsites across from Indian Lodge are available HERE. You can also find them by clicking on the Store link in the main navigation of this website.
If available, reservations for camping in the rest of Davis Mountains State Park can be made directly through TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE.