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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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Great outdoor learning opportunity in the Big Bend

The center is a great place to learn more about the local flora and fauna of the Big Bend. The... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
Aggiedirtdoc
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Longview, Texas
A wonderful day hike

The CDRI has a little bit for everyone. If you want something short on flat ground you can tour... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
ACWilson
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Arlington, TX
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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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43869 Sh 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
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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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Reviewed 5 January 2018

The CDRI has a little bit for everyone. If you want something short on flat ground you can tour the area around the visitor's center and the greenhouses. They have all the plants labeled. The hikes behind the visitor's center that go down into the...More

Thank ACWilson
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cdri2015, Asst/ Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for your great review! We always appreciate our visitors who post on TripAdvisor, as this is how others learn about us! Thank you! Although the Nature Center sits on "only" 507 acres, we offer, as you noted, a variety of hiking trails, and...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

One of those "off the beaten path" places that you really need to make time to visit. The Center is the hub of several hikes and multiple exhibits, including a silver mine display, a cactus greenhouse (who knew there were so many varieties?) and a...More

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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for posting your terrific review on TripAdvisor! We're always delighted to hear back from our visitors and find out (especially) that you enjoyed your visit! For those who might not know, we're open 9-5 Monday - Saturday year-round, and also on Sundays April-October....More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

This is a true treasure in the area - a can’t miss if you like hiking , geology or learning about the desert botany. We strongly recommend it if you are in the region.More

Thank Michael C
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cdri2015, Asst. Director at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Nature Center! Thank you for sharing your great review on TripAdvisor! We pretty much have something for every one--just as you've indicated. Thank you! We hope you can return soon! Happy New...More

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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful little park close to Alpine. There is a moderate hiking trail that is about 2.5 miles long and leads through a diverse landscape that offers canyons, rock formations, spring-fed little pools, and big vistas. It was quiet and the wind was rustling the leaves,...More

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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

and headed north to Fort Davis where we decided to visit Chihuahuan Nature Center. This is a non profit conservation/educational organization. Modest entry fee. Here are some suggestions: Check in a visitor center and get info/map. Visitor center is staffed by friendly and helpful personnel....More

Thank Tom G
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cdri2015, Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2017

Thank you! We're pretty convinced that connecting with nature relieves boredom. We're glad you stopped in, and hope you'll include us in your plans to come visit again!

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

We visited this place on the wrong day! It was an early December morning and it was very cold and sleeting. This was the only time we had to visit, and we had a reciprocal membership which made admission free. So we ventured out and...More

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cdri2015, Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Thank you for visiting us on such a cold day in December. It's always difficult to predict weather! We're happy you enjoyed your stop and your visit inside the Cactus and Succulent Greenhouse. We're happy you were at least able to see and appreciate the...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Fascinating, beautiful in an unusual way. nice walking paths, easily accessible for walkers and wheelchairs, nice bird blind, great views.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

If you elect to hike the 2 mile loop, be aware if you have small kids or aren't that fit - do not attempt!! The 200' drop into the canyon is quite precarious with steep grades and loose rocks. Hiking shoes are a must as...More

Thank Jeff S
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cdri2015, Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Thank you for your email. We agree with you that the hiking trails are just that: a hike. We make a point to maintain all of our trails, keeping them well-groomed and safe. They are earthen trails on volcanic (igneous) rock. When you check in...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

We allocated a few hours to view CDRI gardens and plants but there are is much more to do at CDRI. We are planning return trips on every trip we take to the Davis Mountains. You don't need to be a botonst to appricate their...More

Thank Ranleigh
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cdri2015, Programs Coordinator at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

It is always wonderful to hear back from our Nature Center visitors! And, we're delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Nature Center so very much. Thank you! Our incredibly gracious, interested, informed, and inquisitive guests are what make working at the CDRI Nature...More

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Response from Alice L | Reviewed this property |
I can’t recall the exact price. It’s pretty reasonable. I’m sure it’s on their website.
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Response from Dmarkwind | Reviewed this property |
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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