Desert Arboretum

One of the newest trails on the refuge, this arboretum is a living classroom with almost entirely native cactus, grasses and shrubs.

It was originally designed to showcase regional, xeric plants that would inspire visitors to plant low water alternatives to water intensive lawns and non-native species.  A refuge for plants, the arboretum allows visitors the opportunity to see the incredible diversity of the Northern Chihuahuan desert.

We added one rain catchment system in 2017 to provide irrigation to the arboretum at critical periods of the growing season and to insure adequate moisture in an increasingly drought prone environment.  This water harvesting system will also serve as another educational tool for the public. We plan to add another such system in 2018 or 2019 as a part of our Native Plant and Pollinator Program