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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

43869 SH 118, P.O. Box 905, Fort Davis, TX 79734
432-364-2499
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Ranked #4 of 6 attractions in Fort Davis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Discover the desert at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens. Highlights of the Nature Center include a botanical garden featuring... more » Owner description: Discover the desert at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens. Highlights of the Nature Center include a botanical garden featuring plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert region and a greenhouse containing over 200 species of cacti. Hiking trails guide visitors into a canyon with a spring and pool and up to the highest point on the property to enjoy spectacular views of the Davis Mountains. Interpretive exhibits include the Chihuahuan Desert Mining Heritage Exhibit, a geologic timeline, and an exhibit about the geology of the Davis Mountains. The Visitors' Center features rotating exhibits and the Leapin' Lizards Nature Shop. The Nature Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5. « less
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Austin, Texas
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242 reviews 242 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We had already hiked at the Davis Mountains State Park, and decided to try the trails at CDRI on a recommendation. We hiked the Modesta Canyon trail and it was great - there are other ones too we will have to catch next time. It cost $6 per person to get in, and the staff there were friendly and nice.... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The non-profit education center focused on the Chihuahuan Desert is a must visit in the area. Great for birders, hikers, plant geeks, geology enthusiasts and even shoppers (has a nice "museum" shop). On our recent 2 week New Mexico and W. Texas vacation we did a different hike every day - sometimes 2- and this was our favorite hike. We... More

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Buhl, ID
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22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The canyon is interesting to see with many plants species. The stairs going down are narrow and uneasy, so bring good shoes. This place admits dogs; however, I did not have good experience taking my dog. The people at this center could be more tolerant to dogs, and put bags for dog owners to clean after the dog.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Absolutely a must visit if you have any interest in plants. This is just south of Fort Davis on the road to Alpine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Do not miss this place on a trip out to Fort Davis. The botanical garden was beautiful and all of the plants were labelled so it was very easy for me to learn to identify the different desert plants. The cactus greenhouse was fascinating and it was so much fun to see all the different kinds of cactuses under one... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Several acre nature center a few miles towards Alpine from Fort Davis, has mostly native plants typical of the high desert. Easy walking path. The cactus display in an on-site greenhouse is amazing to an ignorant person such as myself. I had no idea cacti could be found in so many shapes and forms.

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Dothan, Alabama
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Certainly one of the best 'local' or community nature centers I've ever seen. I've watched this one grow over the last 15 years and it gets better each year. The cactus garden is well maintained and the canyon walk is easy and not strenuous. The geology exhibit is new since my last vist, and it very well done. Nice stop... More

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Greenville, TX
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This place is great, lots of birds to see and lots of plans that we normally don't get to experience back in East Texas.

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Longview, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

...cactus garden and mining exhibit. The plants were labeled, the pathways well maintained and ample resting spots. Well worth the money and time. Not knowing about the mining industry in West Texas, The mining samples, tools and stories are all well displayed.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

A curated selection of plants that grow in the area. Best to take a guided tour, which explains how the plants evolved to fit the desert, and the people evolved to use the plants for soap, medicine and needle-and-thread, to name a few.

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