Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is OPEN EVERY DAY (unless storms threaten flash flooding).
WINTER HOURS: Oct - Mar, are 8:30 am - 5 pm, incoming gate locked 4 pm
SUMMER HOURS:Apr - Sept, are 8:30 am to 6 pm, incoming gate locked 5 pm
ENTRANCE FEE: $5 per vehicle up to 9 people, $10 per vehicle for 10 or more, FREE with any valid America the Beautiful access pass (https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm)
Check the official Lincoln National Forest website for updates or alerts. Or call the Guadalupe District rangers' office at 575-885-4181. (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recarea/?recid=34238)
Trail S. on Sitting Bull Falls Trail
There are two trails. One is short, paved, and leads to the waterfall, which is beautiful. The Sitting Bull trailhead is on the other side of the parking lot near the map. That is an uphill, rocky hike which would have been great if it weren't for the "closed for public use" sign a short way up. It was still a nice hike and the views from up on the hill were breathtaking.
This was a great trail! I would definitely come back. There is beautiful (small) cave with teal water not too far from the trail entrance which was very beautiful. There are many small springs and a nice waterfall. The limestone which is all around is equally beautiful. We hiked for 3.5 hours. Our dog also loved it! It was a great adventure!
The walk to the falls is pretty uneventful, but the falls themselves are really fun. There are various pools that cascade down level by level. I have only ever gone here to swim so I can't comment much on the hiking.There is a trail going up to & behind the falls, into a cave system where King Solomons Mines was filmed. Last time I went the water was too high & frigid to explore. This was over 10 yrs ago so I plan on going again soon to see how much has changed.