Dripping Springs Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews

Dripping Springs Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.7 miles 452 feet Out & Back

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Hike thru Desert Valley to Dripping Springs waterfall. NO PETS ALLOWED. From the front of the Visitors Center head left to the Dripping Springs Trail Head. Follow the Dripping Springs Trail to the 3/4 mile point, where you will meet the junction of the Crawford Trail. Take the right fork, stay on to the Dripping SpringsTrail. At about 1.3 miles you will find a fork in the trail. Take the right fork. Keep right at the next junction. You will come to the old Boyd Sanitarium in 0.1 miles. When looking at the dining hall, search for a rock stairway on the left side. Follow the stairway up and left to the waterfall above the area. You must return down that same path. Return to the last junction and go right. 300 feet further on the trail will bring you to the Van Patten Mountain Camp. After exploring the camp, continue around the loop trail to the main trail and return to the visitor's center.

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2 days ago

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3 days ago

Nice trail, many old buildings to look at with informative signage along the way. Great views. Combined with La Cueva to make a longer loop this trail was perfect for working up an appetite before lunch in Mesilla. Limited wildlife viewing considering the gravel. Difficult to see the spring area unless you travel a bit further.

5 days ago

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6 days ago

It's beautiful here. While the mountains are not big, they look stunning. I was awestruck by the rock formations and vegetation. The trail is wide, lined with gravel. It's rocky around the historic buildings so wear hiking boots. There are shaded benches for breaks along the trail and a picnic table and bathroom near the historic sites. There is a waterfall called Dipping Springs in the canyon. Used to be a resort in the 1800s and later became a sanitarium for TB patients.

18 days ago

One of my favorite hiking areas near Alamogordo and Las Cruces. Very well maintained trails, wide with crushed gravel, easy walking. Lovely visitor station. Beautiful basin views, wonderful place for pictures picnic, wildlife, history and family outings.

1 month ago

This was an amazing short hike. The scenery is beautiful and the old buildings are very cool to explore! Staff was also very friendly.. great place.

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1 month ago

easy walk for a short excursion to get away from the city for a bit. beautiful landscape, well-maintained trails and not busy during the week.

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2 months ago

absolutely delightful!!

2 months ago

Awesome! A wonderful trial with a ton of history. It was nicely maintained.

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3 months ago

Great hike and kid friendly...don't forget to bring $5 for parking...

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3 months ago

Another one of my favorites in the OMDP NM , Have hiked the trails many times.

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4 months ago

Keep going past the sanitarium! Awesome hike!

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5 months ago

Good one, really easy bring your water is desertic, my 6 yo finished the loop.

5 months ago

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6 months ago

6 months ago

Nice, fairly easy trail!

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8 months ago

Nice desert hike.

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9 months ago

9 months ago