Dripping Springs Trail

MODERATE 149 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
370 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.

10 days ago

Very cool place! The Van Patten mtn camp and Boyd Sanatorium. Must see!

hiking
15 days ago

Pretty cool! Nice views. Restroom near the top was clean. We plan to go back in the spring.

1 month ago

Short hike but very cool! The "waterfall" wasn't crazy but it was quite beautiful

1 month ago

Nice views. Gravel trail.

2 months ago

Fun easy hike for the whole family that you can connect to other trails and turn it into a longer loop if you desire. Nice wide trail to hike side by side your loved ones with great history signs along route.

2 months ago

We loved this trail and there are only a few areas that dogs are not allowed. Our golden retriever had a ball on the Fillmore Trail and we just didn’t go on the trails where dogs are prohibited.

3 months ago

Nice and easy trail. Great for beginners. Don't expect the spring to be like a waterfall or anything. Overall great trail!

3 months ago

Very pretty

3 months ago

nice waterfalls

hiking
4 months ago

Quick and fairly easy! It was fun to explore the sanitarium.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

4 months 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. :)

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

it was enjoyable. good trail for kids.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail. I would rate it as easy.

walking
7 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Nicely kept scenic trail, with a lot of history. I saw a lot of families that brought children with them. It's an easy and short hike.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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!

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