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Where Nature Speaks

By Linda Tancs

The Chihuahuan Desert region covers over 220,000 square miles, the third largest desert of the Western Hemisphere.  It includes parts of the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas in the United States, as well as parts of the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas, and San Luis Potosi in Mexico.  Here you’ll find more cacti than any other region in the world, including the prickly pears, hedgehogs, living rocks, nipple cacti, and cory cacti.  So how do you go about exploring such a vast expanse?  Why not start at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center in Fort Davis, Texas.  Beginning hikers will love the Hummingbird and Butterfly Trail, a short, easy trail with spectacular views of Mitre Peak.  The more difficult Outside Loop Trail will take you up to Clayton’s Overlook, the highest point on the property.  Plant and bird lovers should flock to Modesta Canyon Trail.  If hiking is too strenuous, be sure to visit the botanical gardens, where they say it’s quiet enough to hear nature speak.

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