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Trails & Exhibitions

The Desert Botanical Garden provides a world-class experience for every visitor. Through permanent trailside exhibits, temporary art exhibitions and seasonal experiences we seek to transform the visitor experience into one of discovery and meaning about the desert and desert plants.

Select a trail below for more information.


Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales
Sept. 21, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019

Featuring a collection of vibrant paintings by Arizona artist Frank Gonzales on display in Ottosen Gallery. This thematic, compelling exhibition explores pollinators and natural elements from the Sonoran Desert, playfully arranged in dynamic and fantasy-rich compositions. 

Electric Desert | A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective at Desert Botanical Garden
Oct. 12, 2018 - May 12, 2019

Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. This is Klip’s second garden installation; the first was at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

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The Garden's five unique trails are here to help you explore and enjoy the
beauty of the sonoran desert. Visit the Garden and come see why we care!

Trails & Exhibits

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  • Drinking Fountain or Hydrating Station
  • Food
  • Cohn Tour Gathering Area
  • First Aid
  • Parking
  • ATM
  • Retail

Desert Discovery Loop Trail

Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail

Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail

Center for Desert Living Trail

Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail