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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

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If you like to understand the plants of the far West than this is the place to go. They have... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert B
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Well worthwhile visit

This is a great stop to make while visiting the area. The center is clean and stocked with books... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
lmais
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Austin, Texas
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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...more
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43869 State Hwy 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734-5042
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like to understand the plants of the far West than this is the place to go. They have everything very well marked along the neat paths.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robert B
cdri2015, Executive Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're happy you enjoyed your visit and learned about the plants at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. You are correct, we're located in far West Texas! The plants in the Botanical Garden are representative of those that are native to the Trans-Pecos region of west...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great stop to make while visiting the area. The center is clean and stocked with books and docents who are passionate and knowledgeable about this area of the state along with the vegetation and the care of cacti. The Modesta Canyon hike...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lmais
cdri2015, Executive Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We absolutely love hearing from our visitors! Thank you! We're happy you enjoyed your visit. Yes, we agree the Modesta Canyon hike is beautiful -- difficult for some though, and happy you also suggest the walk through the botanical garden and the butterfly garden/butterfly and...More

Reviewed January 16, 2019

This place has a small store with books and some souvenirs but the main attractions are the hikes, nature trail/botanical garden and cactus greenhouse. It was raining so I only did the botanical garden and cactus greenhouse. The cactus collection has an amazing variety, but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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cdri2015, Executive Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2019

Thank you for your response. Rain in the desert is something we celebrate. We're sorry you were limited in your adventures, but we're also happy you got to experience rain in the desert during winter! We cater to children and offer a myriad of programs...More

Reviewed January 5, 2019

Gorgeous hike in Modesta Canyon, beautiful rocks and views. The garden is also lovely, and the highlight for us was the cactus greenhouse featuring about a zillion weird and cool varieties of cacti, all organized and labeled. Definitely worth it.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barbara M
cdri2015, Executive Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

It sounds like you had a really marvelous experience which always makes us very happy! We are truly fortunate to have such a beautiful setting to offer our visitors. Thank you for your wonderful review! We hope you're able to schedule a return visit to...More

Reviewed January 1, 2019

Our trip was mainly for a visit to the McDonald Observatory. We read about the Chihuahuan Desert Center during our visit. My entire family enjoyed our visit to the Desert Center. We enjoyed the visitor center and our hike. We saw a family of javelina...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 31, 2018

A very neat nature center and mining exhibit. In addition amazing gardens you can walk through. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. A true gem to learn about the vegetation and geography of the area!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Heather K
cdri2015, Executive Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review. We're happy you worked the CDRI Nature Center into your schedule! Please come again for a visit to enjoy the different seasons at the Nature Center. Best regards, and Happy New Year, The Team at CDRI

Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Can't believe missed this stop before?!!! Does have a small fee but worth the time to visit! Nice reception building leading out to trails & gardens area...we visited... awesome layout of plants &trees..&so many cacti! Even a building specific for cacti.. trails have benches to...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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cdri2015, Exec. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! We are so happy you found us and enjoyed the Botanical Garden and the Cactus & Succulent Greenhouse. Thank you, also, for including your review on TripAdvisor. That lets others know about our very special Nature Center....More

Reviewed October 19, 2018

We had been to Big Bend National Park days before coming here, but the Nature Center taught us what plants we were seeing in Big Bend. Very enjoyable.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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cdri2015, Exec. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2018

We're so happy you included the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center in your places to visit while exploring far West Texas and the Big Bend region. We're delighted you thought of us as your source to find the answers to your plant identification questions! As you...More

Reviewed October 16, 2018

We wish we had allotted more time for this place as there was so much to see. What we did see was beautiful and informative. It's a dog friendly place as well so we took our 2 Chihuahuas to their native lands. :-) By the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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cdri2015, Exec. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

We sure hope your Chihuahuas felt right at home visiting the Chihuahuan Desert! Thank you for coming to explore and learn about the plants and mining in the region while at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. We look forward to your return! Best regards, and...More

Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

This facility is super clean, well groomed & has a nice visitor center. We enjoyed learning about desert plants & trees. Each specimen was label which was super nice for the amateur horticulturist. The mining exhibit was very informative about the mining business in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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cdri2015, Exec. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review! It always makes us happy to welcome new and returning guests to the site. All year long there is something new or different to experience at the gardens, viewing the cacti in the greenhouse...More

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Response from EandCP | Reviewed this property |
$6- and worth four times that amount!
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From their website: Admission Rates adults $6.00 Children 12 & under free Members free SRSU students $3.00 guided tours $7.50 ea. (min.10/group)
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