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 below for more information.


David T. Kessler: Translucence
February 24 - May 7, 2017

Arizona artist David. T. Kessler explores the awe-inspiring element of water in beautiful paintings that blur the line between abstract and realistic art. 

Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Through May 14, 2017

Butterflies are back and better than ever at the new 3,200 square foot Butterfly Exhibit located near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. Bring the whole family to experience hundreds of live fluttering butterflies among the desert landscapes and stunning views of the Papago Butte, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. It promises to be delightful, magical and educational for children and adults.

Official Arboricultural Services Provider


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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  • Information
  • Restrooms
  • 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