Ice Canyon via Dripping Springs is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from October until April.
Very strenuous if you go all the way to the top. There is a series of "waterfalls" as you climb up. Plenty of running water. Absolutely beautiful but I would rate this hike as moderate. There is a scramble up a dry river bed and plenty of areas where you need to be careful with your footing when climbing up the boulders. Very rewarding.
You start out on the Dripping Springs trail and go all the way to the end at the Van Patten Mountain Camp. There is a 'end of trail' sign if you go past the picnic area by the ruins. You pass that and see a sign 'White Sands Military Reservation' as well as a 'Danger' sign.
From there it's a scramble up a dry riverbed with boulders making this a bit of a rock climb. Up on top is a wall for an old catch basin, long filled in with dirt. Total distance from the picnic area is less than .25 mi, took us 30 min from there.
You need to sign in and pay the fee at the Ranger station before you start on the hike.
This map only shows a point, not a trail, and is not near Ice Canyon.