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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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Description: 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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Nice variety of desert plants

We visited the nature center on the 4th of July (our 3rd visit) and took our time visited the botanical garden portion. The other portions, the mine section, the hike to the top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
Robert G
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Midland, Texas
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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We visited the nature center on the 4th of July (our 3rd visit) and took our time visited the botanical garden portion. The other portions, the mine section, the hike to the top of the mountain (Clayton's Peak), the Modesta Canyon Trail, etc. are well worth exploring but we only wanted to get some pictures of the various succulents they... More 

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

We are so very pleased to read that you enjoyed the Botanical Gardens and the Cactus Greenhouse. With over 165 different species, subspecies, and varieties of cacti and succulents, which make up nearly 2,000 plants in the greenhouse, there is a whole lot to see! Thank you for your great comments! One correction: The admission cost is $6 per person,... More 

Kerrville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is a top notch nature preserve and interpretation center that helps people realise the diversity of plant life in this area.

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Alpine, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This nature center is so worth the time to stop and take all the beauty in. What a fantastic place to take your family, friends, church group etc.for a tour of the center and a beautiful hike.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The hiking trails were challenging with rewarding scenery and the plant collection was exhaustive (and exhausting) in its complete study of Texas natives. I especially recommend the hike through Modesta Canyon for a unique and rewarding experience.

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Fort Worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The area has seen a lot of rain lately, so more plants are in bloom than usual. There is a fenced in area to walk around. The plants in there have markers with the name. There is a small mining exhibit in the front. The area has a few hiking trails that are easy to moderate in difficulty. The area... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I stopped by here on my way to Big Bend. The center itself was just a gift shop and the trail guides. There were no displays to see inside, but the outside displays were nice. The have a greenhouse for cactuses, as well as a mining display. There are several trails throughout the center as well. I was a little... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It was a beautiful crisp & sunny day. Had time to walk among the plants and learn many of their names. Not many were green, it was still a bit cold but interesting and fun.

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Nice morning side trip from Marfa. Friendly staff, well designed display, good hiking trails although one was too steep for my trick knee. I left with a better appreciation for the myriad plants of the Chihuahuan desert. If you are doing just the gardens, it is an easy walk. If you are hiking further out take water, snacks and a... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful experience. This place is great to spend half a day & look at all the beautiful cactus. There are trails & some hiking so bring supportive shoes & your own water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We arrived late one afternoon, however still did the nature trail with the various labeled plants. We were looking for drought-resistant vegetation ideas and we were successful. These people do good work and the visit exceeded our expectations. Recommend

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Additional Information about Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

Address: 43869 SH 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Phone Number: +1 432-364-2499
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Fort Davis
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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