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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

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Address: 43869 SH 118, P.O. Box 905, 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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A great little centre. The staff were friendly and helpful. There are a number of different hikes for various abilities - most shorter than a mile. We did the full 2.5 mile... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A great little centre. The staff were friendly and helpful. There are a number of different hikes for various abilities - most shorter than a mile. We did the full 2.5 mile circuit and it was great; lots of different terrain and included a geological exhibit. The cactus greenhouse and botanical garden were fun to walk around.

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San Antonio, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Nice areas to visit, including a small surface mine display, but the trails, even the easiest are a challange if you need a cane or more.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Wish we had more time at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center! Time crunched, yet we were so glad we paid a visit. First, we went to the botantical gardens and greenhouse trails to view all the natural desert plant life existing in this region. Well done by the center. Next, we hit the geological trail to the top of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Interesting landscape and view of surrounding areas. Nicely done brochures. I asked if the hiking trails were well marked and was told yes. This wasn't my experience though. Numerous times I came to a fork and wasn't certain where to go. You need a walking stick and hiking boots-- the trails are not smooth. We were going to go down... More 

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San Antonio, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I loved this place. Who knew there were so many different kinds of cactus? The mountain view from this place was so amazing. I liked the section on mining. Unfortunately, we didn't take the long trails. We were at the end of our vacation and were exhausted. Maybe someday I'll be able to go back and see the rest.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I thought we would spend an hour or so learning about the plant life of the area...and later regretted that we could only whittle 2 hours out of our day for it. We could have easily used 3-4 hours! They have a botanical garden, which is large and very well maintained (and labeled!) but it didn't have much blooming outside... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Stumbled upon this great education and hiking gem on the way to Alpine. Trails are so beautiful and easy to navigate. You must be healthy and agile to navigate trails. Trails are not good for little ones.

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McAllen, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Great time, short tour with collection of native trees and plants, also did a short hike via modesta canyon including a small creek. Entrance fee well worth it.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The day we hiked here the temperatures were below freezing and the night before had been foggy so all of the desert plants were covered in thick furry ice crystals. It was so pretty! As the sun came out the frost fell off of the trees like snow. The crystals made little tiny tinkly noises as they bounced off of... More 

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Fort Davis, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The name of the place makes it sound like a laboratory, but the grounds are like the San Antonio Botanical Gardens desert section as it should have been done; that is, using an entire ranch to display the diversity and beauty of this area. We saw about a dozen agave, sotol, and oak varieties that we would have had to... More 

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