Things to Do

Things to Do


Go for a hike


The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park has hiking trails for all ability levels. Dogs are allowed on-leash or restrained anywhere in the park. Please be responsible, and pick-up after your pet.


– Xeriscape Memorial Garden

– Interpretive Mini-Trail, 0.1 miles *Wheelchair Accessible

– Arroyo Trail, 0.4 miles

– Desert Discovery Trail, 1.2 miles

– Desert Discovery Spur Trail to top of Vista Hill, 0.3 miles

Learn something new


The Nature Park houses many opportunities to learn or explore. Here are some ideas to get you started:


– Attend a public event

– Check out the weather station

– Explore our science demo plots

– Visit the rain-out shelters

– Find all the plant ID signs

Book a program

– View our rainwater harvesting system (watch the video below to get a sneak preview!)



Take a break


Stop and relax at one of five shade ramadas at the park. There are also several picnic tables near the parking lot and off of the Desert Discovery trail.


The 150-seat amphitheater is less than 0.5 miles away from the parking lot with beautiful views and shaded seating. Benches are found along all trails.


Due to vandalism, composting toilets are only available when staff is on site. We appreciate your understanding.


Share in art


The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park is a wonderful place to share in art or create some of your own! We currently have two pieces on site:


The Rainkeepers by Sharbani Das Gupta can be found at the amphitheater. It is an art piece made from mixed materials that highlights the fragility of our ecosystem, our dependence on it and the need for a wise, humane approach to life and the planet.


Reclaimed Desert by Stephanie Preciado is displayed near the parking lot. A labor of love for art and the environment, this mosaic was made mostly of recycled glass bottles and ceramic tiles in 2012 and 2013.

Need other ideas?


The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park is a great place to do many outdoor activities, including:


Environmental education


Interpretive programs






Wildlife viewing