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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

Address: 43869 SH 118, P.O. Box 905, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Phone Number: 432-364-2499
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Ranked #4 of 6 Attractions in Fort Davis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Discover the desert at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens. Highlights of the...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Fort Davis, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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San Pedro, CA
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

My great experience here started with the lady at the front desk, who was both personable and knowledgeable. She chatted with all the guests who came through, and had a lot of good advice as to which trails to hike and what sights each guest would most likely enjoy. I went on the Modesta Canyon hike, which included a wide... More 

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Austin, Texas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We went and took a small hike. It was great. We went to the spring that was pretty much dry, but on this hike you get to go down in a small canyon and get to really see the rock up close. I thought it was cool. Great views of the mountains. Nice botanical gardens too. Also we really enjoyed... More 

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Adra, Spain
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

lovely place. Very interesting and lots of different plants, animals and insects to spot. Plenty of beautiful hummingbirds just flying around in the wild

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Texas
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19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This nature center has it all starting with the lady that works there. She was so knowledgable and pleasant to talk to. Due to all the recent rains, she offered us mosquito spray before we left for our hike (we didn't have to buy it), and then when I was the last one walking out the door, she stopped me... More 

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Garland, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a great place to not only familiarize yourself with the plants and ecosystem of the Chihuahuan Desert but to also enjoy a leisurely stroll in the midst of their very well presented and positioned plants in the midst of the beautiful background vistas of the Davis Mountain area. The identifying signage was available when needed but unobtrusive. We... More 

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austin
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8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Unlike Colorado, New Mexico and many other states, Texas has little public land. This Nature Center just outside of Ft. Davis provides opportunity for hiking and seeing the natural beauty of this ecosystem. Knowledgeable guides, good gift shop. They will order books for you too. Been twice already and will go again when in the area.

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Mansfield, Texas
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We arrived around 10:30 a.m. and entered the visitor center and learned quite a bit about the area. The outdoor exhibits are educational. The volunteers provided us with not only a map of the trails to hike, but detailed information about each hike as well. We chose our trail based upon a recommendation as we are not experienced hikers and... More 

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Austin, Texas
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80 helpful votes 80 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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12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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