Dripping Springs Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 413 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

snow

historic site

fee

no dogs

Hike thru Desert Valley to Dripping Springs waterfall. No pets allowed. There is a $5 parking fee at the trailhead. 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.

hiking
8 days ago

It’s closed cause of Covid- the gate is closed AND paper on it says closed 03/30/2020- otherwise it’s a nice hike

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

Straightforward loose trail. Definitely kid friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike. I started at La Cueva then bushwhacked to Crawford then to Dripping Springs.

1 month ago

I completed the trail to the "spring" as well as the "cave". Both trails I would describe as well maintained, easy paths. If you're lucky you will see wildlife such as: Deer/Rabbit/Cows on your journey. This is a trip I would highly recommend for the family that should be fun and enjoyable for all!

hiking
2 months ago

Boring, overcrowded wide walking trail covered with gravel. I saw many people slip on the gravel - as did we. The reward isn’t great: a small dripping of water and old buildings. I’d skip this one unless going for a jog or pushing a big wheeled beach wheelchair.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike with an interesting history. Sad to see some people were going beyond the signage and swimming up top.

hiking
2 months ago

A super easy yet interesting and beautiful trail. It's basically just a gravel road with a very slight incline that travels through the ruins of what used to be Dripping Springs Resort. It was a nice hike for the late afternoon. The golden hour sun lights everything up gorgeously!

running
3 months ago

Large and wide loose gravel trail to old ruins with gorgeous backdrop on an old inn of sorts from late 1800’s. The dripping spring is at the fork just before the ruins and is dammed above by layers of rock just to the south. Short, 5k run with 440 ft it elevation, be prepared for people at all times of day, all pleasant and path is wide so one can run this and not have worries. Four stars for the ruins and the lichen/algae backdrop on the rocks at the end of the trail signage.

hiking
3 months ago

A fairly easy hike. Lots of cool historic stuff to explore at the end.

hiking
fee
3 months ago

Perfect day for such an easy historic trail. Only reason I give it a 5 star for an easy hike to take anyone from grandma to little ones without trouble. Plenty of others on the trail to assist and a restroom at about the top. Historic part of las cruces history and having hiked this trail for almost 30 years it never gets old taking someone from out of town and telling them about our mountain range and the story of the sanatorium.

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fee
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great little hike with tons of opportunity to explore off trail. I’d like to return and head higher up above the springs, I ventured up to the holding talks but there seemed to be a lot more area to explore

hiking
4 months ago

Nice Trail. Loose gravel most of the way suggest counterclockwise to see Dripping Springs then double back pick up Trail around to Cave.

hiking
4 months ago

Our first hike since moving from Georgia and we really enjoyed it! Easy enough for our 3 kids & interesting history for them to read about along the way. Lots of little benches to take breaks. The scenery is amazing. Can’t wait to come back and do it again in the spring! Don’t forget to get your National Park passport stamp at the visitors center.

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rocky
4 months ago

It's a real nice hike. $5 per car. Pay at the building. Took my elderly mother and 5 yr old. Starts very nice. Steep incline most of the way but not bad. Has some benches on the way to rest. Has a picnic area almost at the top with a restroom. Might need to take your own tp. Up on top nice view of 2 building plus a slight waterfall depending on weather. Nice history behind it. Not too long.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail and the story behind it. There was light snow coverage on the ground but not on the trail itself.

rocky
5 months ago

The trail path was rocky but it was peaceful place to hike. The story along the way to the ruins was interesting and also there are restrooms to use. We ended our hike with the beautiful sunset between mountains. It was a good hike.

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Easy gravel trail. Interesting history about a Resort back in the early 1900s. Off limits to structures in the area of Dripping Springs. I hiked the trail in December, 2019.

hiking
fee
6 months ago

excellent easy hike. My 4 year old completed it and had a blast.

The first 80% of the trail is a gravel road, formerly used to access the resort. There is not much shade, but benches have been built under the scattered trees to provide rest spots. The entire hike is very scenic and definitely worth checking out.

wide gravel path/old road up to ruins. pit toilet available near the ruins. story of the area is nicely told along the way.

hiking
6 months ago

More of a stroll than a hike. At the end there’s some cool rock formations to climb on that make the hike a much more exciting. Great afternoon activity.

hiking
7 months ago

Great beginners trail. Well marked and has many interesting things to view . Saw some deer on the side of the mountain.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty easy and quick hike. Once you get to the springs you’ll either find a little bit of water running or none at all. You can keep going after the spring to the of Mountain Camp and take a look around, it’s pretty cool and interesting.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike in and back. Cool historic sights. Family friendly. Even though we went during the middle of the day there was a nice breeze and plenty of shaded spot to stop.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail, gravel lined about 6' across almost all the way. I went on 9/20/19 and I guess it is late in the season so more like a slow leak. Nice walk but that's about it.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing trail!!!! Easy for kids.

hiking
8 months ago

This is the trail I take every first time visitor to Las Cruces on. The drive up is beautiful, and the trail to the waterfall, the old ranch, the sanatorium are easy and well marked. After the first half mile there is a shady bench, and several more benches along the path. Ample wildlife, almost always see deer here, fantastic views, and a nice easy hike. Call this a one-bottle H2O stroll. The waterfall is usually dry, unless there has been a lot of rain, but that doesn’t matter. A great morning or afternoon walk.

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