Plan Your Visit

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park

Plan Your Visit


Things to Do


Want to learn what there is to do at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park? Find out about the vast array of activities we offer for schools, families (dogs included), groups, and individuals.

Hours and Directions


The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park is just a short drive off Highway 70 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Learn how to get to here and when the gate is open.

Current Conditions


Find out what is currently going on at the park with data collected hourly at the onsite weather station run through a collaborative project of the Doña Ana County Flood Commission, the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, the City of Las Cruces, the National Weather Service, and New Mexico State University.

Site Features


The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park has plenty of amenities to keep you cool in the hot sun and make your visit more enjoyable. From a 150-seat amphitheater to shade ramadas, we have you covered!



Find your way around the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park using our maps that fit every need.

Field Trips


In collaboration with the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, the Asombro Institute provides an opportunity for students to learn about science and the desert during a day-long field trip.


Select one of the grade bands below to learn more about our offerings:


K – 2nd
3rd – 5th
6th – 8th
9th – 12th