Dripping Springs Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

Dripping Springs Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Cruces, NM 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 463 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

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.

7 days ago

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

hiking
20 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Keep going past the sanitarium! Awesome hike!

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

4 months ago

Nice, fairly easy trail!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice desert hike.

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8 months ago

Easy to walk and the trail have beautiful views!

8 months ago

Nice hike!

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Nice Hike it was the first Hike of my son

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike. Great for beginners

11 months ago

walking
1 year ago

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.