Dripping Springs Trail

MODERATE 75 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.

2.7 miles 452 feet Out & Back

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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.

hiking
4 days 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.

hiking
6 days ago

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16 days 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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17 days ago

hiking
21 days 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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23 days ago

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

Easy trail. Cool to see the old buildings.

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1 month ago

Very easy trail. Good for children. Amazing view at the end of the springs!

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice trail, many old buildings to look at with informative signage along the way. Great views. Combined with La Cueva to make a longer loop this trail was perfect for working up an appetite before lunch in Mesilla. Limited wildlife viewing considering the gravel. Difficult to see the spring area unless you travel a bit further.

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hiking
2 months ago

It's beautiful here. While the mountains are not big, they look stunning. I was awestruck by the rock formations and vegetation. The trail is wide, lined with gravel. It's rocky around the historic buildings so wear hiking boots. There are shaded benches for breaks along the trail and a picnic table and bathroom near the historic sites. There is a waterfall called Dripping Springs in the canyon. Used to be a resort in the 1800s and later became a sanatorium for TB patients.