Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 21, 2013

Heads up, West Texas campers and hikers - Davis Mountains State Park will close for six months starting Sept. 3.

Campgrounds, trails and the interpretive center at the popular Fort Davis park will be shuttered to visitors while the crews upgrade the utility system, according to officials at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Crews also will build an extensive new trail system in the Limpia Canyon primitive area. The existing 6.5 miles of trail will be improved and 6 miles added to the route. Construction of a new bird viewing area, which began in May, will also be completed.

The Indian Lodge and Black Bear Restaurant at the park will remain open during the closure.

Davis Mountains State Park and the Indian Lodge are located 4 miles north of Fort Davis on State Highway 18 North. For more information go to http://tinyurl.com/kfuk676.