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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

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scott wrote a review Sep 8
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The bird watching is great and the cactus greenhouse is worth visiting. There is also a botanic garden trail and a scenic hiking trail that has an overlook of the area.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from cdri2015, Executive Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for visiting the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens. We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your visit! Thank you! We hope you can return to enjoy the changing seasons. From the CDRI Team, we wish you happy trails wherever they may lead.
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Cross family wrote a review Aug 2020
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It was pretty hot but we were prepared for the heat. Was an amazing variety of plants and well maintained
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from cdri2015, Executive Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden
Responded Aug 5, 2020
Thank you for your wonderful review! We agree with you that July was hot this year. That's extremely unusual for us. Generally, since we are located a mile above sea level in the Davis Mountains, we have relatively cool summers starting in July. This year has proven to be the exception to the rule. Let's hope it's just this year that temps are up, and we'll see temps cool down (back to normal) by next summer. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed the variety of plants. And, we keep them well maintained just for you. We look forward to your return visit. Thanks, The Team at CDRI Nature Center & Botanical Gardens
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RoyBoy wrote a review Mar 2020
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The botanical gardens are beautifully set out along easy trails and the wide variety of desert plants are all clearly labeled. Along the trails are wonderful views of the surrounding landscape and mountains. There is a fantastic bird blind offering water and feeding stations, attracting many species of birds (as well as other wildlife, like the spotted ground squirrel). Well worth a visit!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from cdri2015, Exec. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden
Responded Mar 20, 2020
We appreciate your wonderful review so very much. Thank you! We're also happy to learn how much you enjoyed your visit. Again, thank you! For now, we are temporarily closed to the public, but we're keeping the "Team" together which makes us breathe a sign of relief. While closed, we're caring for the plants in the Botanical Gardens, and the Cactus Greenhouse. We're also maintaining the trails, caring for the grounds, and getting to work on improvements for our visitors when we are able to open the front gates once again. In the meantime, we hope you and all of the many TripAdvisior followers can get out in your neck of the woods and just walk, remembering social distancing at all times! Also, please check our website at www.cdri.org for updates and our daily FB posts. Stay well, The CDRI Team
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selbyfarm wrote a review Mar 2020
Lexington, Virginia14 contributions
We visited this site to help learn the identity of some of the plants we had been seeing in the Chihuahuan desert over the past 10 days. The winding and poorly marked trail takes you through an overwhelming display of plants which appear to be placed in a largely random fashion (e.g. agave not all grouped together). The signs with names of the plants do not include any range information, no it is nearly impossible to determine which of a dozen species of oaks you might have seen. We took the trail to the hidden spring which was well-marked. The visitor center itself contains very limited information. The highlight of our visit was having lunch at the bird blind where we observed a number of interesting SW birds.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from cdri2015, Exec. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Thank you for visiting the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. The Botanical Garden displays a full range of plants that are native to the Trans-Pecos region where the Nature Center is located. Plants are grouped by plant family and individually labeled with both taxonomic and common names. They are set out in the garden as if you are starting at lower elevation, with the elevation increasing as you wind your way along the path. As you noted, there are quite a few oaks. All of the oak trees in the garden are native to the Trans-Pecos area. In addition to the detailed map of the Botanical Garden (available to all visitors), we also offer a Guide Booklet ($2) which provides information about each of the plant families and the individual plants found within that grouping in the garden. We're happy you enjoyed the Modesta Canyon Trail and the Bird Blind. As you discovered, there's something to please just about everyone's interest! With kindest regards, The CDRI Team
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Mike H wrote a review Mar 2020
Plano, Texas72 contributions46 helpful votes
We spent an enjoyable couple of hours here. There was a presentation on the different types of cacti, but we opted to explore the trails instead. There are several short trails with good views of the surrounding mountains. After our hike, we visited the cactus greenhouse. It was fascinating to see all the different species and the beautiful flowers produced by many of them.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from cdri2015, Exec. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden
Responded Mar 14, 2020
Thank you for your great review! Knowing that your time is valuable, we appreciate you and the other travelers who post reviews. Thanks. We're pleased to learn that you enjoyed your visit to the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. Individually, the trails are fairly short 0.5 miles to 1.75 miles, but you can link them together to explore about 5 miles of trails and walking paths. So, there's always something for rpretty much everyone and of every skill level. Again, thank you! We hope you can return for more hiking and beautiful vistas! Best regards, The CDRI Team
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