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“Chihuahuan Desert Center & Garden”

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.
Austin, Texas
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86 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Chihuahuan Desert Center & Garden”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

I love Native Plants and this place was amazing!! I took lots of photos! Some are art quality! There is art and sculpture to buy!!

Visited January 2013
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Kemp, Texas, United States
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great hiking”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is a wonderful place to hike, see native plants and cacti and just enjoy the scenery. They have a nice gift shop and the folks are very helpful.

Visited October 2013
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Georgetown, Texas
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Unexpected pleasure”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

A rolling expanse of grasslands and rocks. The center has displays of desert gardens and cactus. Also a number of hiking trails. A nice diversion from the more popular tourist sites in the area.

Visited October 2013
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Houston, Texas
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122 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Nature”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

If you want to see a great collection of desert trees, plants and cacti, this is not to be missed. You will get an idea of West Texas and Mexico deserts.

Visited October 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Place!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is definitely worth a few hours. Wonderful facility. Don't be fooled by the seemingly simple entrance and building. We did the entire hike which was close to 2 hours and we are in reasonable shape! Parts of it might be too much for small children or those with mobility issues but there are short cuts and smaller loops that would be fine for anyone. We followed the numbered guide book which really added to the hike. Such a nice place with very nice staff. Highly recommended!

Visited October 2013
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