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“Great place even for kids!”

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Fort Davis
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We went on a whim and so glad we did! This is beautiful place to walk around and the views are amazing. My 10 year old son also enjoyed our "mini" hike.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I had some time to kill before I headed back home, so I stopped in here for a look-around and a hike. Wow! This was an amazing place. The small but lovely botanical garden shows specimens and gives information on the indigenous plants. In the garden, I spotted a jackrabbit - what a crazy looking critter! The Canyon hike ( 1.7 miles) was outstanding, one of the best hikes I took in the Fort Davis area. The gift shop is also very good.Well worth the very modest price of admission.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

we didn't do the hike due to the time constraints, but did view the outside exhibits and the gift shop was great...

Thank Angela W
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

If you like cactus, this is a go-to place. The walking tour, which takes about an hour, has a wide variety of specimens on display. There is also a very interesting area with information and artifacts related to mining in the Big Bend.

Thank TxTrvlr88
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

We stopped here on the way to Ft. Davis from Alpine. We walked the path to a rocky overlook, which is a good place for a photo. It was nice to see the plant names on all the plants that we had been seeing along the drive. There is also a mining exhibit there that was interesting.

Thank Georgetown78626
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