Dripping Springs Trail

MODERATE 89 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.

9 days ago

Cool old hotel ruins and nice shade at the end! Not hard either :)

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12 days ago

Really cool trail, you get to see a lot of ruins and if you go during the rainy season a small waterfall! The mountains are beautiful and you definitely work up a sweat, but it's an easy hike. It's a gravel trail about 99% of the way with shaded areas to rest. Heard talk of rattlesnakes, but never saw any. No dogs allowed!

20 days ago

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1 month ago

Nice easy trail , plenty of shaded areas to stop , take photos and enjoy the scenery . The old buildings and history are interesting as well...

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2 months ago

nice rolling trail, not steep at all. bring $5 cash EXACTLY, the ranger station doesn't change.

unclear map so download​ your own before you go.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

I thought the best part of the hike, I did the 5 mile hike, was the waterfall at the end of Fillmore trail. The historical piece was very good also. I understand now why it was called Dripping Springs because that is exactly what it did. Not a disappoint but a very enjoyable hike.

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little hike. The spring is barely dripping so if you are expecting water dont. We like a little more rustic of a trail as this one was graveled. However, the ruins were neat to see and the scenery was quite lovely. This is a great family hike.

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3 months ago

Great trail. Advice you to see all three trials. The dripping springs, waterfall and cave. Great workout and hike.

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