DSNA - Dripping Springs Trail. is a 2.7 mile out and back trail located near Las Cruces, NM and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
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.
Keep going past the sanitarium! Awesome hike!
Good one, really easy bring your water is desertic, my 6 yo finished the loop.
Nice, fairly easy trail!
Nice desert hike.
Easy to walk and the trail have beautiful views!
Awesome hike! Many great sites and beautiful views. Take the trail behind the sanitarium. Then make your own trail to the top by following the spring.
Nice Hike it was the first Hike of my son
Fairly level trail, with some short inclines at the end. Definitely family-friendly and good for all ages. I went for the natural beauty, and was surprised by the interesting historical structures.
Beautiful hike. Great for beginners
As far as hiking, this is an easy one. Mostly even, gravel trail to the base of the mountains. The view is magnificent. Canyon walls loom above you & you will see many places to explore. The old buildings are circa 1800's & I am always amazed to experience historical places. There is almost no shade on the approach trail, except for two benches, but once at the end there is plenty of trees & benches. If you get off the trail, you can get above the spring to the reservoir. Be careful around the buildings, I encountered a tarantula & rattle snake. On the return you can take a fork in the road towards Fillmore Canyon, which you should take advantage of if you have the time. There is a small falls & pool at the end but it may or may not be dry. From Fillmore you then have the option of going around the Cueva (a hstorical cave w/ a lot of bouldering opportunities) before heading back to the visitors center. This is definitely a trail for all ages & fitness levels to get outdoors & enjoy a day in nature.
Great place to discover cool things. Fellow travelers were all friendly. It's a trail that's well maintained. Happy to have discover it.
Wonderful family hike. Grandson 1 YO and grandma 60 both managed easily. Wonderful cool breeze made for a pleasant hike with many beautiful wild flowers. Apache plume was in bloom and plume. A must for residence of the area. Recommend spring or fall.
Nice easy hike, with some interesting historical buildings along the way (including a Tuberculosis Sanitorium, which sounds pretty scary, and looked it). Saw a deer early on the trail mid-afternoon, which was a bit unexpected. There's a stream / dripping spring at the end which is kind of nice and peaceful, though not spectacular or anything.