Dripping Springs Trail

MODERATE 183 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
413 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. 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
2 days ago

Nice views. Good Trail. Clearly marked. Cool historic sites.

hiking
14 days ago

$5 “parking fee” and worth every penny. The trail itself was very gravely, making me wish I’d opted for my actual hiking boots rather than tennis shoes. There was a moderate climb (600ft in about a 1.5 miles). The spring was indeed dripping, albeit softly and slowly...but nonetheless dripping. Altogether a good break from freeway driving that won’t kill your ETA.

hiking
26 days ago

In our 60's now, my husband and I walked all the way to the old sanitorium. It is well worth the hike to see the history that exists in those mountains. The structures, for the most part, are well preserved. It's amazing to even think how people could live up there so many years ago. As a side note, the office personel are very friendly and excited to speak about the history of the area. Taking family up there next time. Loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this Hike! The views from above the Sanatorium are amazing!

2 months ago

Graveled trail

3 months ago

Absolutely love this hike. Love going to the end and seeing the old sanatorium and the hotel camp. Very easy hike. The Spring is not Dripping but still very pretty and interesting to see history in the mountains.

4 months ago

Easy hike. The lodge was interesting.Wind can make it a little more difficult.

5 months ago

BEAUTIFUL hike. Very well maintained and marked. You get to see some old ruins of camps and a hotel that used to be up here. Very neat. This is a National Park so there is a $5 fee but it was well worth it. The hike up is a little harder, it’s a steady incline until you get to the springs so it’s all down hill coming back. Trail is a gravel path that is very wide and easy walking.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail, pictures are fantastic from any angle. Can be a little trying if you’re a newbie like me but totally worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views! The Spring wasn’t so impressive, but the landscape was. Plus, several trails lead into one another, making the adventure endless if you desire. Great experience!

hiking
5 months ago

Neat hike, not to challenging. Beautiful scenery and very nice welcome center. The volunteers were fantastic!

hiking
5 months ago

Very enjoyable place!

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

Nice views. Gravel trail.

7 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.

8 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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Very pretty

9 months ago

nice waterfalls

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 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!

10 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. :)

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

it was enjoyable. good trail for kids.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail. I would rate it as easy.

walking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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
Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

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