Located 4 miles SE of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is a nonprofit organization established in December 1973. The 507- acre site is comprised of semi-desert grasslands and igneous rock outcrops. Our geologic features include Modesta Canyon, a unique riparian canyon with a year-round spring, and Clayton’s Overlook, a dome with spectacular views from all directions with the Geologic Exhibit at the top of the Overlook. Open year-round, the Nature Center offers over five miles of hiking trails, in addition to the Desert Botanical Garden, the Cactus & Succulent Greenhouse, the Heritage Mining Exhibit, the Geologic Timeline display in front of the Powell Visitor Center, and Gift Shop.
Open year-round Mon-Sat 9-5
Sundays, March-Oct 12:30-5:30, April-October
Admission for adults is $6. Children under 12 and CDRI Members are free.
Located in Memorial Square, Fort Davis, TX
Monday – Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm
The museum is located on the historic San Antonio-El Paso Road/Southern Overland Trail. It contains many unique and varied displays depicting early life in the West including the original Valentine Post Office and telephone switchboard, early medical paraphernalia, a restored pioneer settlers kitchen, an original curling machine, and numerous early photographs of pioneer settlers and buildings. The Museum is owned and operated by The Fort Davis Historical Society. Donations Accepted.
Hours: 1pm to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sundays & Mondays.
Closed November through mid March.
Educational programs and guided tours available. Special tours may be arranged by contacting Pat Draheim
Start your journey to Big Bend at the Museum of the Big Bend!
For more than 90 years the Museum of the Big Bend has been collecting and exhibiting artifacts of the vast Big Bend region. Encompassing the Davis Mountains and the borderlands of Mexico, the Big Bend has been inhabited for over 11,000 years. The Museum showcases this human history and culture reflected through the contributions of the Native Americans, the Spanish, the Mexicans and American settlers. The Museum hosts rotating exhibits including Trappings of Texas
featuring the best of contemporary Western art and custom cowboy gear every April.
The Museum is located in Alpine at the northeast corner of the Sul Ross State
University campus and can be reached from Entrance Four from Harrison Street.
Admission and Parking is Free! Donations are always welcomed. The Museum is
handicap accessible. Guided tours are available by appointment.
Hours: Closed on Mondays
Phone: (432) 837-8143
Address: 400 N Harrison, Alpine, TX 79832