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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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You need alot of time and energy to see this whole place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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San Antonio, Tx
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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
33 helpful votes 33 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
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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San Pedro, CA
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26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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9 attraction reviews
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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