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. For more information about Exhibits at the Nature Center, please click on the "Exhibits" button below.
Be sure to make time to see the Bird Blind featuring an enclosed viewing area, screens on both sides for photography, a 30' long water feature, and handicap access. The "Blind" is the latest addition to the Nature Center.