Dripping Springs Trail

MODERATE 112 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
452 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

historic site

no dogs

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.

1 day ago

excellent trail, easy trail , nice old buildings, good trail for beginners

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10 days ago

Great view... Love the history and the conection between the other trails in the area. Worthwhile visiting Dripping Springs. I will come back!

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11 days ago

Very pretty hike. The water and historical structures just add to its beauty. I've hiked this trail a couple of times now. The first time I was not aware of the $5 a car charge. Well worth it but something to be prepared for. :)

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1 month ago

too many loud ppl for our hike. not too scenic till you get closer.

1 month ago

it was enjoyable. good trail for kids.

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1 month ago

Nice trail. I would rate it as easy.

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3 months ago

It was an okay trail to get out of the house. There was some traffic and cool lizards along the way. The views weren't the greatest. Would recommend doing Soledad canyon because it's free and you can scale the sides at the end of the trail and get great views.