The Centennial Museum's collections and permanent exhibits highlight the Chihuahuan Desert, where UTEP and El Paso are located.
The Chihuahuan Desert is the second-largest in North America (after the Great Basin Desert that covers most of Nevada and parts of the surrounding states). Its 140,000 square miles straddle the U.S.-Mexico border, from southwestern Arizona and central New Mexico through West Texas and deep into Mexico. The Chihuahuan Desert is one of the most biologically diverse deserts in the world.
|Natural History Exhibits
Permanent displays about the animals, geology and paleontology of the El Paso region and the Chihuahuan Desert.
An overview of the Chihuahuan Desert - the habitat, plants and animals.
|Animals of the Chihuahuan Desert
From scorpions to coyotes, rattlesnakes to roadrunners.
|Plants of the Chihuahuan Desert
Search by sommon or scientific name for details and photos.
|Landscapes of the Chihuahuan Desert
Its geology and ecosystems.
|Chihuahuan Desert Links
Extensive links to websites with detailed information on key elements of the Chihuahuan Desert.
|Chihuahuan Desert Gardens
Presenting over 600 species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert.
|UTEP Biodiversity Collections
A gateway to natural history information, and research at UTEP, related to the border region.