Activities, Attractions, Education, Hiking/Walking

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens

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.

Phone: (432) 364-2499