Davis Mountains Fitness & Training Camp (DMFTC) is an annual camp designed for adults who relish physical activity and seek new challenges. Whether helping campers establish a new fitness regimen or working to enhance existing training practices, DMFTC provides fun, engaging fitness choices and an experienced staff to assist campers throughout their stay.

But DMFTC is not just workouts. The beautiful West Texas setting provides opportunities to relax, appreciate nature, establish new and long-lasting friendships, and escape the stresses of city life. After a day of pushing your physical limits, unplug, unwind, and just breathe.


In 1980, an Austin-area runner named Jack Jennings ventured west and created a camp. He called it the Davis Mountains Running Camp. Within a few years, camp population had increased dramatically and curriculum expanded to include other fitness activities; by 1984, it became known as Davis Mountains Fitness & Training Camp. A year later, DMFTC had formed a nonprofit corporation to ensure continuity in purpose, programs, and organization. As years have passed, DMFTC has continued to evolve with new campers and their emerging interests.


DMFTC is held at the historic Prude Ranch, located approximately six miles west of Fort Davis, Texas, on Highway 118. With its historic sites and sleepy, small-town status, Fort Davis is reminiscent of the Old West, before mega malls, stop lights, theme parks, and traffic jams appeared across the state.
Prude Ranch, established over 100 years ago as a working ranch, has been home to the Prude family for five generations. For the last sixty years, the ranch has operated as both working cattle ranch and guest facility for adults and children. To date, it is the only location DMFTC has called home.
Summer in West Texas sees surprisingly pleasant days and cool, crisp nights. August highs hit the upper 80s while night temperatures drop considerably (low 50s). Sitting at 5,050 feet, Fort Davis is the highest county seat in the state; this elevation and pleasant temperature range, combined with low humidity, create a welcome escape from Texas' typical summer heat.
While at DMFTC, runners and cyclists take full advantage of the area's low-traffic roads and the mountain trails. Swimmers have access to Prude Ranch's indoor pool and nearby Balmorhea State Park's spring-fed pool. Spectacular hiking is just a short run, ride, or drive away.

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For questions, contact DMFTC Board President, Russell Hahn or DMFTC Activity Director, Barbara Martin. For Web related issues, please contact DMFTC Web Master,