Located 4 miles SE of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI) 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, CDRI offers over five miles of hiking trails, in addition to the Desert Botanical Gardens, the Maxie Templeton Cactus Museum Collection, the Bird Blind, the Heritage Mining Exhibit, and the Geologic Timeline display in front of the Powell Visitor Center. Inside the Visitor Center, you'll find more exhibits and information, plus the thoughtfully appointed Nature Center Gift Shop.
For more information about Exhibits at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, please click on the "Exhibits" button below.
The Pollinator Garden and the Cactus Garden (in front of the Cactus Museum Collection) have undergone renovations including new interpretive panels. Be sure to make time to explore both gardens.