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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Fort Davis
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Owner description: 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.
Sugar Grove, Illinois
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“Do the Hike!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

They have a greenhouse with some nifty cactus. You have to walk through their "gardens" (mildly interesting--it's a desert after all) to get to it but it was interesting. The best part was the hike. We did the trail that goes through the canyon to a natural spring. About 3 - 4 miles? Some of it is rugged hiking due to the rock. If you have a hiking stick bring it. Very pretty in there and worth the time.

Visited April 2013
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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“Don't be fooled by the stark entrance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

CDRI is a non-profit center for preserving the many species of Cacti. Their cactus house contains more individual Chihuahuan species of cactus than any other location. the Botanical Garden trail is signed extremely well. Like species are grouped to show individuals variation. The hiking trails are the best in the area, providing a scenic adventure among the desert plants. on weekends, there are no cost guided hikes into the canyon which I highly recommend.

Visited March 2013
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Houston, TX
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34 reviews
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“Hiking for all levels”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

What a wonderful way to see the beautiful habitat! The staff is so friendly and helpful, and it is a great value that you get a 3-day pass. A must-see for the area!

Visited April 2013
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Sherwood, Arkansas
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“cactus and more cactus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

if you like to see many varities of cactus, this is the place to go. they have about 400 varieties of cacti. they are collecting them from the chihuahuan desert which runs into mexico. the hiking is also good. a relatively easy trail.

Visited April 2013
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Texas
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“Don't miss it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

We were traveling through to Fort Davis and stopped and were very glad we did, took our 4 grand kids and hiked on the canyon trail down into a beautiful canyon and spring (moderate to difficult hiking) but they have other trails that are easier. Beautiful scenery and you can just imagine you are going back in time as the vistas are wonderful and unspoiled. Be sure and stop at the rest stop coming from Alpine where the giant cottonwood trees are...largest we have ever seen. The center is educational and we had a great 4 hours expliring

Visited March 2013
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