The Mountain Trails Lodge offers all-inclusive guided tours through Road Scholar and guided tours for school groups or other groups by prior arrangement. If you are a birding group, we have a guide. If you are a school group, astronomy group, specialty interest, we have a guide for an extra fee and advance notice. Below are more details about our guided tours. Call for availability.

Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.

For more than 25 years, Mountain Trails Outdoor Learning Center (formerly Davis Mountains Education Center) has organized and led highly rated Road Scholar tours in Texas and northern Mexico, including Copper Canyon. Participants learn about astronomy, botany, birding, geology, history and the varied cultures in the region.

For details, itineraries, available dates and prices of our currently scheduled programs, visit the Road Scholar website. The programs we run are listed below. Some programs are seasonal and only appear on the Road Scholar website when they are being offered. You can search for our current programs on the Road Scholar website by typing the program number or “Fort Davis, Texas” in the Search box.

West Texas: Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park

West Texas and Big Bend National Park (Program #1948)
The Best Treks of West Texas: The Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park (Program #21363)
Birds of the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park (Program #1949)

Note: We currently do not have any West Texas birding programs scheduled through Road Scholar. Please contact us for information about private guided birding tours!

Northern Mexico: Copper Canyon

Because of continuing warnings from the U.S. State Department to avoid unnecessary travel to parts of Mexico, including Copper Canyon, we have suspended our Copper Canyon tours through Road Scholar.

For the latest information and advisories about travel in Mexico, please visit the U.S. State Department’s website. And please check back with us for updates!

If you have questions about enrolling in a  program, please contact Road Scholar at or 1.800.454.5768. If you have questions about the Mountain Trails Outdoor Learning Center, Fort Davis or the areas you will be traveling through, please Contact Us.

Exciting & Fun Outdoor Education Field Trips for Schools

Mountain Trails Outdoor Learning Center (formerly Davis Mountains Education Center) strongly believes in the importance of educating young people about acting responsibly to protect the environment and instilling in them an appreciation and respect for nature.

We provide safe, supervised outdoor field trips covering a variety of topics in science, history, culture, and the environment. Through our high-quality educational tours, students learn real-life skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Our outdoor education programs include field trips to our partner organizations in the Davis Mountains and Big Bend (see below for some of our partners). While in Fort Davis, students and chaperones stay in cabins and eat home-cooked meals in the dining room at the Lodge OR at popular local restaurants. On field trips to Big Bend National Park or other attractions in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, including Guadalupe and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks, students stay in partner hotels and eat in popular local restaurants. For insurance reasons, schools use their own busses or vans to transport students to locations.

We can customize an educational program that meets the needs of your group of elementary, junior or senior high school, or college students. Let us know what curriculum you are studying, and we will create the perfect outdoor education plan! Contact Us

Featured Classroom Project

When Kirby Hall School visited us in spring 2010, they created this thank-you note to DMEC staff during a papermaking workshop. We enjoy the kids as much as they enjoy the education programs!


Mountain Trails Outdoor Learning Center partners with these entities and others to provide high-quality outdoor education programs.

Top photos of cabins and starry sky by Edwin Youngblood / HawkEYePrints