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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 hiking trails

Our family with 4 children visited on a weekend. The botanical garden itself was small, but the grounds of the nature center hosts wonderful hiking trails. There were trails... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Our family with 4 children visited on a weekend. The botanical garden itself was small, but the grounds of the nature center hosts wonderful hiking trails. There were trails that ranged from easier climbs to more difficult hikes. The center has hats, walking sticks and sunscreen available for use (for free). There is a lovely porch to sit on and... More 

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

Thank you for such a nice review. We're happy you enjoyed the nature center. Just to clarify, the Botanical Garden consists of approximately 7-8 groomed acres of plants grouped in plant families of plants you would see in the Chihuahuan Desert. The winding path is 1/2 mile long, and there's a Pollinator Garden and Butterfly Trail off to the side.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A great place to get a feel for the Chihuahuan Desert with a nice visitor center, very large botanical garden featuring a variety of desert plants, and hiking trails.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

you can't really see much about the so called nature or species. It's very hot during the summer. I was hoping to get an education about deserts plants and species but I don't feel that I learned anything.

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

We are sorry that you feel like you did not get the opportunity to learn about he plants of the Chihuahuan Desert. The plants inside the Botanical Garden are grouped and labeled by their plant family, and cacti in the greenhouse are also labeled. We have interpretive guide brochures which name the plants, provide a description and color photographs. As... More 

Midland, Texas
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
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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331 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 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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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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