Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI)

Thursday, April 3, 2003

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Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI) is located near Fort Davis , Texas.  I had an opportunity to visit the CDRI while staying at the Davis Mountains State Park (Texas State Parks) which is just outside of Fort Davis, TX.

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CDRI is 4 miles south of Fort Davis on the road to Alpine.   Once you get to CDRI, you will notice the dirt road.  The Visitor Center is roughly a mile off the highway down the dirt road.  Most passenger cars won't have trouble getting down the rough road.  If it is raining, I would plan to visit them on another day.

The visitor center houses the gift shop and staff offices.  The folks there are nice.  In the back of the visitor center is a demonstration installation of a rain cachement system.  Pictures of the rain water cachement system are below.

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To the right is a mining exhibit that is under construction.  In the visitor center there is a display that explains how the old mining equipment was used.

On the right below, a rain cachement cistern is partially installed.   The photo on the right below is a fully installed cachement cistern.

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CDRI has a number of trails around the property.  I walked the Modesta Canyon trail.  I walked from the very beginning of the canyon all the way down to a natural spring at the bottom.  This hike was harder than I expected.  I don't think I would take my dogs with me again.  There are too many places for snakes to hide.  Also, the canyon trail is rocky and steep with loose rocks.  A place where it would be easy to sprain an ankle.

I really liked the hike down to the bottom of the canyon.  In the evening after the hike, I told my wife I needed to get some hiking boots.  The pictures don't do justice to the way the canyon felt as I went down down down to the canyon floor.

Below you will see orange flowers from a cactus plant.  I don't see cactus blooms very often.  I am constantly amazed at how bright they are.

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