The Premier Scout Ranch In Texas.
There are over a dozen Trails at BTSR that wind through over 9,000 acres of rugged and beautiful terrain. Many of these trails were established almost 6 decades ago and still see traffic today as we continue to put hikers into our wonderful backcountry. They range from easy trails with little to no elevation change, to the most rugged and challenging trails that will test even the most experienced hikers. These are not roads or wide national park trails; they are very rustic trails that leave little impact on the surrounding beauty you will experience as you hike along these paths. Our itineraries are designed to utilize the most appropriate trail based on the experience level required for each program. Ranging from 4,400 ft. of elevation in base camp, to over 6,400 feet there is something for everyone!
With over 50 miles of trails winding through our corner of the Davis Mountains, you will be able to witness some of the most beautiful scenic overlooks in the state. Our camp includes portions of Little Aguja Canyon, Madera Canyon, Pig Pen Canyon, and Million Dollar Canyon inside its boundaries. Looking down into the bottom of one of these canyons, or looking up to rising towers of rock from the bottom of them, you will not go home dissatisfied with the beauty and variety of nature found at our camp.
Outback Hiking Adventure
Enjoy the challenge and the sights of the most beautiful canyons, highest peaks, and tallest cliffs in Texas during your week in the BTSR Outback. Created thousands of years ago, during the formation of the earth, volcanic activity sent the Davis Mountains over sixty-five hundred feet above sea level.
Calderas and erosion left the rocky peaks two thousand feet above the valley floor, creating the Outback that BTSR Rangers proudly call home.
The Cavalcade is a week long Adventure horseback experience. The program is designed for older Scouts, Ventures, and Explorers who have achieved the horsemanship merit badge or equivalent training.
Cavalcade participants will ride day to day traveling over extremely rugged terrain through canyons, up mountains, and across BTSR’s many trails. Cavalcade participants get the chance to experience the best of the Davis Mountains while in a saddle.
Cavalry Adventure Camp
Take a step back in time and live like the 9th and 10th Cavalry stationed at Fort Davis in the late 1800’s! Learn how they lived and trained, eat Chuck-wagon cooking, ride and take care of horses, wear the uniforms and sleep in the same type tents.
The camp is located on top of Forbidden Mountain, where you will enjoy the variety of programs along with the breathtaking beauty of the scenic overlooks. It promises to be a week that you will never forget!
The Mountain Man is a week long experience for older Scouts and Ventures’ who would like to experience the life of a Mountain Man in the fur trade era of the 1840’s. Participants will experience the primitive lives of men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and Daniel Boone. Scouts will explore the contributions these men made to the growth of our country.
Participants will enjoy activities such as stories around the campfire, Dutch oven cooking, tomahawk and knife throwing, black powder shooting, atl-atl spear throwing, archery, tanning deer hides, flint knapping, making soap and rope from plants, and Mountain Man swimming. Scouts will learn about tracking in the Wilds and reading trail signs, as well as information on edible plants and plants for survival.
The weather in West Texas is very unpredictable. Most summer temperatures range between 75 and 95, however, temperature extremes may be as low as 65 and as high as 115. The humidity in the Davis Mountains is usually in the 20% range during the summer. Humidity can swing from lows of 5% to highs of 100%. The extremely low humidity makes high temperatures seem cooler. This often results in dehydration. It is important that anyone going or interested take a look at the following documents; heat index and health and safety for more information about the heat index. All crews must be careful to ensure that the entire crew is staying properly hydrated.