The Years B.D. (Before Daisy...Before Digital) travel blog

CDRI Trail Map

Visitor Center

Visitor Center - Mining Heritage Exhibit – Headframe

Visitor Center - Mining Heritage Exhibit - Specimen Walk

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail - Spring

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail

Modesto Canyon Loop Trail - Visitor Center in Background

Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse - Garden Outside Greenhouse

Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse

Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse - Ariocarpus Cactus in Bowl

Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse

Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse

Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse

Twenty-Acre Arboretum

Twenty-Acre Arboretum

Twenty-Acre Arboretum

Twenty-Acre Arboretum

Twenty-Acre Arboretum


This morning I took Hilda to the garage to get her truck. Then I headed for Fort Davis. Along the way I stopped at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI), where I enjoyed the visitor center exhibits and a hike on the nature trail.

The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is 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. In 1978, its board and supporters purchased 507 acres in the foothills of the Davis Mountains to establish the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center.  Highlights of the Nature Center include a desert botanical garden, 1400-square-foot cactus and succulent greenhouse, over three miles of hiking trails and interpretive exhibits. Educational programs for children and adults are offered throughout the year.

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