1601 W. Broadway St.
Van Horn, TX 79855-0669
Phone: (432) 283-2211
Fax: (432) 283-2963
Located about 110 or so miles east of El Paso, the Guadalupe Mountains are the ideal place for nature-lovers to rough it and commune with Mother Earth. Activities include camping, hiking, plenty of wildlife viewing, and much more. The campgrounds are equipped with restrooms and picnic tables. See website for admission info.
One of the most scenic areas in Texas lies in the Northeastern Chihuahuan Desert. Here in the Davis Mountains you can observe the "sky-island," a range that rises above the desert. The conservatory is also home to wild animals like the black bear, mountain lion, Golden Eagle, and Montezuma Quail. This preserve is also important to the West Texas ranching legacy, as well as maintaining the dark skies for the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Conveniently located less than a three hour drive away from the Permian Basin, the Nature Conservatory of the Davis Mountains is a must-see.
Covering over 507 acres (205 hectares), this vast region of the Chihuahuan Desert is one of the most biologically rich and diverse arid regions in the world. The beauty of the surroundings, replete with local and exotic flora and fauna, makes this a breathtaking place. Take a hike along its trails and explore several springs, unusual rock formations and over 200 rare species of cacti.