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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden

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43869 Sh 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
+1 432-364-2499
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Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center provides an excellent source of information on botany, birds, and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tara H
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Bessemer, Michigan
Great place to view native plants

Excellent place and facilities for plant viewing and a great bird-watching blind. It has a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Larry F
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Dallas, 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 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.
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“mining exhibit” (26 reviews)
“hiking trails” (23 reviews)
“desert plants” (14 reviews)
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43869 Sh 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
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+1 432-364-2499
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center provides an excellent source of information on botany, birds, and geology of the West Texas high desert. This is a gem worth far more than the admission rate. We did not do any of the hikes but they looked great. The...More

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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your great review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent place and facilities for plant viewing and a great bird-watching blind. It has a great walking path that takes you though the plants. Each of the plants are clearly labeled so there is no doubt what you are seeing. There is also a very...More

1  Thank Larry F
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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your great review. The Botanical Garden consists of 18 acres that is surrounded by a game fence intended to keep the animals (deer, javelina and aoudad) out of the garden. The garden path that you described so well is 1/2 mile in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some cacti species now blooming !! CDRI captures the essence of outdoor West Texas. If you expect a barren “desert”—it is NOT; rather this West Texas gem has hundreds of different plants, an actual recreation of a late 1800’s mining operation with actual equipment used...More

1  Thank E and C P
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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted to learn that your visit and experience at CDRI Nature Center was enjoyed and appreciated as you've so enthusiastically captured in your review. We often have visitors who remark, as you did, that it's unbelievable the extent of hiking trails, botanical garden...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an amazing visit to this beautiful place with very friendly staff and well-marked trails. We hiked the outer loop (including Clayton's Overlook) and experienced fantastic views. This is such a quiet, serene, beautiful place. We look forward to returning!

Thank Anne G
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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your visit and the hike! You captured the feeling and the essence of being out in nature in your description ("quiet, serene, beautiful"). Thank you! We look forward to your return visit!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Meandering paths through outdoor garden of vegetation native to the Chihuahuan Desert. Culminates in a greenhouse containing the most mind-blowing collection of cacti - unbelievably varied and strange and colorful.

Thank Robb C
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cdri2015, Assistant Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! You described the cacti so colorfully when you described them as, "the most mind-blowing collection of cacti - unbelievably varied and strange and colorful. " We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope you can visit again!

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Who would have thought? A botanical garden in a desert? Very interesting and well labeled variety of desert plants. Worth an hour or two.More

Thank Bob L
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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2018

We're so happy you found us and the botanical garden! We hope you can make it back when all of the plants are leafed out. The native plants inside the garden offer a continuous procession of color throughout the summer. And, for those who don't...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

While visiting the perfect Fort Davis area we included a visit to Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center for bird photos. Their blind is well positioned for morning light. Would love to return. Charles, Argyle. TXMore

Thank Charles B
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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2018

We are happy to hear that you appreciate the positioning of the bird blind for morning light! And thank you for visiting the bird blind. We hope you can return soon for more viewing. Our black-chinned hummingbirds just showed up on March 13th. They'll be...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

You can spend all day here. Not only do they have excellent and very challenging hiking trails ranging from about 1/2 mile long to over 2 miles long, but they also have a very comprehensive botanical garden section that showcases probably every plant in the...More

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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Thank you for submitting a review of your recent visit on TripAdvisor. We are grateful to everyone who shares their experience they had at the Nature Center, and we love to hear back from our visitors! We're pleased you enjoyed the Botanical Garden and the...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

We just looked around for a little while due to the cold and windy morning but think this would be an excellent spot to see what Big Bend is famous for as far as plants and vegetation. Looked like an easy walk through the area...More

Thank K M
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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thank you for stopping by the Nature Center to take a look around--even on a cold and windy morning! We agree with you, in that hiking our trails will give you an idea of what's ahead in the Big Bend region. We have several trails--each...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

The center is a great place to learn more about the local flora and fauna of the Big Bend. The hiking trails give you a great way to learn about and see the local geological features. Be sure to take some good hiking shoes!More

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cdri2015, Programs Coordinator, Asst .Dir. at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you for your review! We always appreciate hearing back from our visitors, and your review is "spot on!" Education, plus simply finding enjoyment from nature, are what we're all about. Our mission is to promote public awareness, appreciation and concern for nature generally and...More

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$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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