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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

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Address: 43869 SH 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Phone Number: +1 432-364-2499
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Located 4 miles SE of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature...

Located 4 miles SE of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center is comprised of semi-desert grasslands and igneous rock outcrops with a riparian canyon and spectacular views from all directions. Visitors may explore more than 3 miles of hiking trails from the moderate to strenuous 1.75 Mile Modesta Canyon Trail that leads into a hidden canyon featuring a series of permanent springs and pools, to the moderate 1.0 Mile Clayton's Overlook Trail which provides miles of breathtaking scenery from the overlook along with a Geology Exhibit to several additional trails, as well.

        The 0.5 Mile winding path through the Botanical Gardens offers a variety of trees and shrubs native to the Chihuahuan Desert region. Halfway through the gardens, is the Cactus and Succulent Greenhouse featuring one of the finest collections of cacti and succulents from the Chihuahuan Desert region. Many of the 165 species and subspecies bloom in early spring, providing a profusion of color and texture.

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Pretty cactus gardens

Not a lot in bloom when I was here, but a pretty and well laid out garden path with a large variety of local plants. The greenhouse was disappointing. But the overlook was pretty... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Poplarville, Mississippi
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Poplarville, Mississippi
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a lot in bloom when I was here, but a pretty and well laid out garden path with a large variety of local plants. The greenhouse was disappointing. But the overlook was pretty and the mining exhibit interesting.

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cdri2015, Visitor Services & Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this review

With warmer than usual temperatures, the trees in the garden, as well as in Modesta Canyon (a hiking trail), are just turning from green to red, and preparing for dormancy. We're happy you got to see the garden for the fall. It changes each season, and once the temperatures warm up next spring, the garden will be in bloom all... More 

Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Nature Center has created a get place to explore some of the native flora an fauna of the Chihuahuan desert, be educated, and enjoy a relaxing hike through the area. The visitor's center is very informative, has some great books for sale, and has a friendly staff. The cleanliness and orderliness was so well attended to that I am... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my husband's favorite place of our entire trip! We hiked the easy Clayton Loop area to the top where there is a 360 degree view. Take the advice of bringing a walking stick with you! At the top there are plaques that name and explain each of the peaks and surrounding areas as you circle the outlook. We... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

we went with our 12 year old grandson and did the 2 mile hike. We arrived when it opened. It was a little cool to start but turned out to be perfect within 15 minutes. The hike took us to the bottom, along the creek bed and to the top of the mountain with fantastic views. The hike was steep... More 

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cdri2015, Visitor Services & Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you and your 12 year old grandson enjoyed the hike and the Mining Exhibit. We do offer a variety of things to see and do to fit a variety of interests. With the cooler temperatures and the change in the angle of sunlight, the plants in the garden are getting ready for winter and... More 

Watauga, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

great visitor center and numerous hiking trails available with a different levels of difficulty. Very friendly staff who are very knowledgeable.

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cdri2015, Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you, April. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return soon! More 

Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

It was very crowded with several well behaved school groups, but we walked a short trail and talked with the gentlemen who worked in the "mining" display (he was very interesting to listen to). There are several trails to choose from and they are all well marked. Recommended!

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cdri2015, Visitor Services & Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. We're happy you got to walk one of our trails AND had the opportunity to visit with "Miner Joe" who helped develop and still maintains the Mining Exhibit. He's a real "gem" (pardon the pun). On the day you attended, we hosted 210 5th graders from schools in the immediate area... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a nice place to hike and see some very interesting native plant life well marked for identification. Green house was hot,hot,hot, but after all..........it is the chihuahuan desert. We saw huge jackrabbits and a roadrunner too. Get out of the car and Enjoy.

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cdri2015, Visitor Services & Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this review

We're so happy you enjoyed your visit, along with the trails, the garden and the variety of plant life. We're not sure why the greenhouse was SO hot. Usually the air conditioners are running, and in the winter the heaters are on. The cacti inside the greenhouse are from throughout the Chihuahuan Desert. Many are from Mexico and while some... More 

Stonewall, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The views were great. I loved the native Texas landscape. They had some great hiking. Very nice place in a remote area of Texas.

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cdri2015, Visitor Services & Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We enjoy hearing from our visitors, hikers, birders and naturalists. We appreciate you! Thank you. More 

pleasanton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

beautiful desert views, rock formations, easy hikes short and longer. we stayed only an hour for a short hike because a rainstorm blew in but one could easily spend a pleasant day here with a picnic lunch. interesting mining museum on the grounds as well.

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cdri2015, Visitor Services & Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this review

You captured the essence of our Nature Center--and yes, it is easy to spend a day and take it all in. Rain is always so welcomed out here, except when it drives our visitors off of the trails! The wet weather and cooler temperatures are apparent with green hillsides and plants in bloom. We're happy you enjoyed your visit, and... More 

Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This was a pleasant surprise of our trip. The hike was about 3.5 miles and went down into a mini canyon and then looked out town the fort davis mountains. They also had a ton of different cactus species. Worth the stop

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cdri2015, Visitor Services & Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this review

It is always great to hear from our visitors! Thank you. We're happy you discovered the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, very happy that you enjoyed the hike, and delighted that you also took in the Botanical Gardens where the cactus greenhouse is located. (There are around 1,800 accessioned cacti in the cactus greenhouse.) We look forward to your return visit! More 

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