Stardust and the Cactus & Succulent Galleries are closed through Friday, May 25 due to maintenance.

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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.


Dr. John P. Schaefer
Jan. 26 - May 20, 2018

Esteemed educator, best-selling author and acclaimed photographer Dr. John Schaefer, has captured the art, form, and life of desert plants in a series entitled “Flowers and Form." Schaefer has a Ph.D. in chemistry, a more than 20-year career as a professor and researcher, and is President Emeritus of the University of Arizona.

Jun Kaneko Sculpture Exhibit
Oct. 13 - May 13, 2018

Bold, colorful and monumental are all words that describe the work of ceramic artist Jun Kaneko. Kaneko’s exhibition at the Garden will include approximately 20 large-scale ceramic and bronze sculptures placed along the Garden’s trails.

Official Arboricultural Services Provider
Bartlett Tree Experts


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