Natural History

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.
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.