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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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Ideas for drought resistant vegetation

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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238 reviews 238 reviews
105 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a non-profit center and it is a gem. The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens is located on 507-acres, four miles south of Fort Davis on Highway 118. The gardens and green-houses are beautiful and very well maintained. It is a wonderful and EASY area to walk through and enjoy.

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Houston, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I was here on my own enjoying the sights of West Texas. It was my plan B but I am so glad the weather messed up my plan A. This place is just amazing. A $6 donation and you can learn about mining in West Texas, stroll through immaculate botanical gardens full of native plants, and see a greenhouse of... More 

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This was a last minute visit during our trip. I had read about the center and then it slipped my mind until our travels found us driving past. I'm so very glad we decided to take a look! We ended up spending about 2.5 hours walking around! If you planned ahead and brought your water and snacks, you could easily... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

if you love the desert you will love this place, hiking trails, a nice but very large botanical garden, small gift shop. very friendly staff

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Waxahachie
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We hiked the 1 mile trail through the botanical gardens and greenhouse. There were many things in bloom, and the cactus in the greenhouse was amazing. We didn't try the other trails, as we were pressed for time. I recommend this place when in Fort Davis.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

You have got to stop and see this place. The desert setting of the native plants and cacti have to be seen to be believed. The tree's and flowers were in full bloom and placed in a manner that was natural and calming. Examples of adobe structures and water friendly features doted the landscape with many places to sit and... More 

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

We love getting positive reviews, but, sadly, this one is for the Chihuahuan Desert garden at the Centennial Museum at UTEP. We are 215 miles away. Our botanical gardens and cactus greenhouse at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center in Fort Davis are in full bloom. Trails are green. It's beautiful out here. Come and see us in Fort Davis! More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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30 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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