Chihuahuan Desert Gardens
The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens (CDG) display the flora of the Chihuahuan Desert and adjacent regions in the United States and Mexico. The Gardens were formally dedicated in September 1999 and contain over 625 different species of plants, comprising one of the largest captive assemblages of Chihuahuan Desert flora in the world. Current lists of plants and guides to the Gardens in English or Spanish are available from the reception desk at the Museum. The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens are open daily, from dawn to dusk, without admission charge.
El Paso Municipal Rose Garden
The All-American Rose Selection (AARS) public garden is one of over 100 certified gardens within the United States. There are over 1900 rosebushes, with 500 varieties. The wrought-iron fenced garden has wide walkways with handicap accessibility, raised beds, a waterfall, and trees and shrubs. Several new rose varieties are planted each year, and after two years the highest-rated are named and receive the AARS symbol. Waterfalls, a lovely plaza area and a Koi pond make this garden design second to none.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology Wilderness Park
The museum is home to over 15 acres of nature trails with more than 250 varieties of Chihuahuan Desert native plants, outdoor exhibits and Indian gardens. Here visitors will discover the natural history, geology and cultural history of the El Paso area, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico.
Keystone Heritage Park
Keystone Heritage Park comprises an Archaic-period archaeological site, wetlands, and a desert botanical garden. The 4,500-year-old site is one of the oldest villages in the United States. The wetlands are home to many birds, and over 200 species have been spotted there on their seasonal migrations. The botanical garden features a variety of native plants, and includes a pavilion and a replica of an Archaic period brush hut. The newest component, the Chihuahuan Desert Experience, is a work in progress that will feature a chance for visitors to stroll the 900-mile length of desert over a 17-acre recreation of the plant indigenous life.
Rio Bosque Wetlands Park
The 372-acre city park is a compilation of wetlands and riverside forest which is home to over 200 species of birds. An excellent display of spring can be seen in the bright yellow blooms of the annual Forb Bittersweet. The spring wildflowers are best seen in April and May however, these 6-10 inch flowers have been known to stick around through the summer months.