Garden closes at 4 p.m. today. Last daytime admission is at 3 p.m. | Nov. 27 & 28 SOLD OUT for Las Noches de las Luminarias.


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

Desert Discovery Loop Trail

Curious about cacti and other desert plants? Take the Garden’s main trail to explore the wondrous array of cacti and succulents that thrive in deserts worldwide. (1/3 mile - .53 km)

Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail

People of the Sonoran Desert discovered ingenious ways to use native plants for food, fiber, healing and housing. Walk through time and five different desert habitats to see how. (1/3 mile - .53 km)

Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail

How do desert plants and animals survive with so little water? Learn their secrets and watch for signs of wildlife along this trail. Enjoy great views and telescopes at the top. (1/4 mile - .40 km)

Center for Desert Living Trail

Want to create your own lovely, healthy and water-wise garden? Come see what’s growing! This trail is a desert gardener’s delight. Enjoy fragrant herbs, vegetable beds and shady spots to relax.

Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail

Wildflowers attract pollinating hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to North American deserts -- enticing them with color, scent and shapes. What’s blooming? Take a stroll and see! (1/3 mile - .53 km)

Engage with the Garden

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 above for more information.

Pardon our dust! Beginning June 1 a small portion of the Desert Discovery Loop Trail near historic Webster Center will be closed for renovation.  A new exhibit, the Heritage Garden, will open in Fall 2015.  Each of the Garden’s five trails will remain open throughout the renovation process.  


Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden

Beyond Blue: Cyanotypes of Laszlo Layton


Fall is for Monarchs:

Butterfly Exhibit

Past Exhibitions