Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center


The mission of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is to promote public awareness, appreciation, and concern for the natural diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert region through research and education.

In 1978, the board and supporters of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute purchased 507 acres of rolling grassland, oak-studded hills, and shady canyon springs in the foothills of the Davis Mountains. Here, they established the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. For more than three decades, visitors have explored this tranquil and visually stunning site, taking the opportunity to reconnect with nature and discover the desert.

Highlights of the Nature Center include a desert botanical garden, 1400-sq.-ft. cactus and succulent greenhouse, more than three miles of hiking trails, and interpretive exhibits. Both formal and informal education programs for children and adults are offered throughout the year.

The Nature Center is a facility of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute—a nonprofit organization established in 1974. Funding for the Institute and the Nature Center comes from donations, grants, program and service fees, gift shop sales, and oil and gas royalties.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 905
Fort Davis, TX 79734

Contact Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

Contact Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

Cynthia Griffin
Executive Director
43869 SH 118
Fort Davis, Texas  79734
Phone: 432.364.2499
Fax: 432.364.2686


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Brewster County, Texas
  • Crane County, Texas
  • Crockett County, Texas
  • Culberson County, Texas
  • Ector County, Texas
  • El Paso County, Texas
  • Hudspeth County, Texas
  • Jeff Davis County, Texas
  • Loving County, Texas
  • Pecos County, Texas
  • Presidio County, Texas
  • Reagan County, Texas
  • Reeves County, Texas
  • Terrell County, Texas
  • Upton County, Texas
  • Val Verde County, Texas
  • Ward County, Texas
  • Winkler County, Texas