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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

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43869 Sh 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
+1 432-364-2499
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Nice hiking!

Hiking in a beautiful setting. Be sure to wear the right shoes and have water and supplies for any... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
musicwithdenise
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Nederland, Texas
Natural garden.!!!

I love all the national garden beacause there are no pollution and very peace there are. So I want... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“mining exhibit” (26 reviews)
“hiking trails” (23 reviews)
“desert plants” (14 reviews)
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43869 Sh 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
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"great hiking"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hiking in a beautiful setting. Be sure to wear the right shoes and have water and supplies for any extended hikes. A very nice mining exhibit and birdwatching area.

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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting the Nature Center, and taking in a hike! We're always delighted to hear back from our guests, and we appreciate your kind words. Thank you. Hope to see you again! Until then, , Happy trails! --LG

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love all the national garden beacause there are no pollution and very peace there are. So I want ot go there with foren and we go and enjoy and also go with there your family...More

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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed being out in nature. The setting for the CDRI Nature Center is perfect, as you've stated, with no pollution, and, as you and many visitors remark on, the peaceful feeling of the surroundings. Thank you for visiting,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately we did not have time to use some of the trails that you are given access to when paying your fee to this Center. Many people arriving seemed to be doing just that hiking. We just explored the Center and Botanical gardens. Many plants...More

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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We welcome responses from all of our visitors, and appreciate your comments. The woody shrubs, trees, and cacti are now in bloom in the garden! A couple of rains have helped tremendously, and, as you noticed, spring comes later to this area due to our...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful area of Texas....but the visit to this center was a little underwhelming. I was disappointed with a few things. The center is fairly small and the walks and what you can see there is good but fairly. i don't know if...More

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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, and we're happy you chose to stop in to visit. We wish you could have stayed longer, or would have been able to hike the trails, but we do understand when you have toddlers that you are limited in your...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for the annual plant sale which sells out VERY quickly. We got there before the place opened and there was already a line. The larger plants were gone in mere minutes. The grounds were quite large and it's a good hiking location but...More

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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center! The Cactus & Succulent Sale was held on March 12-14, 2018, and advertised throughout the year. It is a much anticipated event, and one which we work for months ahead of the sale sourcing the plants...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice stop while in the area. We are familiar w cacti and succulents as we have a variety of them but we were pleased to see specific details on other specimens. Staff very informative.

Thank digordon
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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping by! We're pleased that you enjoyed seeing and becoming more familiar with the variety of cacti on display in the Cactus & Succulent Greenhouse. We hope you can return for another visit in the near future. Best regards, LG

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center provides an excellent source of information on botany, birds, and geology of the West Texas high desert. This is a gem worth far more than the admission rate. We did not do any of the hikes but they looked great. The...More

Thank Tara H
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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return soon!

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Excellent place and facilities for plant viewing and a great bird-watching blind. It has a great walking path that takes you though the plants. Each of the plants are clearly labeled so there is no doubt what you are seeing. There is also a very...More

Thank Larry F
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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you for your great review. The Botanical Garden consists of 18 acres that is surrounded by a game fence intended to keep the animals (deer, javelina and aoudad) out of the garden. The garden path that you described so well is 1/2 mile in...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Some cacti species now blooming !! CDRI captures the essence of outdoor West Texas. If you expect a barren “desert”—it is NOT; rather this West Texas gem has hundreds of different plants, an actual recreation of a late 1800’s mining operation with actual equipment used...More

Thank E and C P
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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

We are delighted to learn that your visit and experience at CDRI Nature Center was enjoyed and appreciated as you've so enthusiastically captured in your review. We often have visitors who remark, as you did, that it's unbelievable the extent of hiking trails, botanical garden...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We had an amazing visit to this beautiful place with very friendly staff and well-marked trails. We hiked the outer loop (including Clayton's Overlook) and experienced fantastic views. This is such a quiet, serene, beautiful place. We look forward to returning!

Thank Anne G
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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your visit and the hike! You captured the feeling and the essence of being out in nature in your description ("quiet, serene, beautiful"). Thank you! We look forward to your return visit!

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Response from E and C P | Reviewed this property |
$6- and worth four times that amount!
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From their website: Admission Rates adults $6.00 Children 12 & under free Members free SRSU students $3.00 guided tours $7.50 ea. (min.10/group)
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