Street Address
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute 43869 SH 118
Fort Davis, TX 79734
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 905
Fort Davis, TX 79734
phone: 432-364-2499
fax: 432-837-8192
Museum Type(s)
Dr. Cathryn A. Hoyt, Executive Director


Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute in Fort Davis, TX is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.


The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is a 507-acre natural area near Ft. Davis, Texas. The Institute features a 30-acre arboretum, cactus and succulent greenhouse, two miles of nature trails, a special events center/outdoor classroom, and a gift shop.

Library, publication design and layout, research, and administrative offices are all located here. Those offices are open all year, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Artifacts Collections

Cacti-succulents (240 species), trees, and shrubs (400+ species).

Educational Programs

Two-hour seminars, lectures, elderhostel; not available for tour/loan


Semiannual: Newsbriefs (mailing list); semiannual: Discovery (magazine distributed to members only); occasional scientific publications; symposia proceedings.