Chihuahuan Desert Garden & Nature Trails

The Museum's fifteen acres of trails offer views of over 250 different Chihuahuan Desert native plants, an Indian Garden in the summer, scenic vistas of the Franklin Mountains and vast poppy fields in the spring.

Cholla Cactus

Cholla Cactus are known for their barbed spines that attach to skin, fur, and clothing. The term Cholla is applied to various shrubby cacti. Chollas are the only cactus with papery sheaths covering their spines. These sheaths are often bright and colorful, providing the cactus with its distinctive appearance.

Desert Cottontail

Cottontails are named after their tail, which is shaped like a cotton ball. Cottontails are herbivores that eat a wide variety of plants, including grasses, forbs, shrubs and even cacti. When alarmed, a cottontail can run up to twenty miles per hour in a zigzag pattern to escape predators.

Chihuahuan Desert

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Explore the Trail