Sitting Bull Falls Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whites City, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful

hiking
19 days ago

Great place - great trails - all well marked... And when you are done - splash around in the water.... Day activities only - no camping.

hiking
1 month ago

My kids and I hiked the trail from the lower lot up to the falls. Super fun and really pretty

hiking
fee
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Most is paved. The other half is an Easy scramble. Such an oasis, worth the drive.

hiking
off trail
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, paved road to a gorgeous oasis in the middle of the desert.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Fun trail. Nice waterfall to see and admire.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Fun trail. Nice waterfall to see and admire.

hiking
10 months ago

Great place to get away from the heat. There are a few pools to swim in and the water is really cold.

hiking
10 months ago

A lovely place for a short hike, some shade, or a dip in the pools. We didn’t continue on the trail and only went for the short hike but it was worth it. The stair-stepping to the top of the falls might be difficult for someone with knee or hip issues but the lower pools are much more accessible. Falls overlook is accessible by wheelchair.

nature trips
Mon Apr 29 2019

Beautiful and clean pond sits at the bottom of this waterfall. There is a trail that will take you to the top of the waterfall where the springs are located but i didn't have time to complete that hike. It's a bit steep and rocky. There is also a path that leads straight to the bottom of the waterfall. It's a nice place to take a dip. I went when the weather was perfect so the water was fresh. There are multiple ponds hidden in this area so climbing over a few rocks is well worth it. There are also caves hidden as well. But they are closed off. A few people were able to make it around and they mentioned that there are steps and grips made by previous hikers to make the trip inside easier. I chose not to take that trip because the rock climbing was steep and slippery. All in all, this was a beautiful place for all ages to enjoy.

hiking
rocky
Wed Mar 27 2019

We did an overnight backpacking trip starting from the falls on Trail 68 to 215, then 217 to 226. This takes you up to the top of the buttes which has amazing views. The trail to the top is steep and rocky. Trail markers are mostly rock cairns and the trail is difficult to find at times when it goes over rocks. We had to back track a couple of times. Once on top you descend into Last Chance Canyon. Beautiful dramatic cliff faces on both sides of the canyon. We found a great flat non-rocky camping spot near the river bed in the canyon. Only down side is the area is shared with cattle and lots of cow pies (didn’t see any cattle only their pies). The trail then takes you back to the trail head at the lower parking lot. About 15 miles total.

hiking
rocky
Thu Mar 21 2019

The water fall was way taller in person. Not a insane amount of water flowing but it was really cool. There were 2 big water falls and if you go to the top and follow the river theres a few more. But at the main water fall would be an amazing place to swim if it wasn’t so cold. Theres also like 5 more trails there but there really rocky.

Mon Dec 24 2018

Very pretty and an amazing contrast to the high desert around it. Nice to add to a trip to Guadalupe peak or Carlsbad Caverns.

Tue Nov 20 2018

You can walk all around and through the falls and hike to the top also. Easy for kids. Beautifully maintained area.

walking
Sun Oct 07 2018

It was beautiful and is it’s really easy just be careful when stepping on rocks. There will be a way to look at this waterfall. Really good for little ones or beginners. :)

hiking
Sun Jul 29 2018

Very beautiful. I suggest going on a weekday and when school is in session. We went during the summer on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty busy. But very beautiful scenery! The waterfall was awesome. We climbed to the top of the waterfall and the springs are at the top that is feeding the waterfall. The water is clear and clean. Tastes so fresh! Water is ice cold though. It was about 95 outside and the water felt about 40. Overall it was awesome. *** you do have to pay to get in the state park. $5 or $10 for a bus.

Wed Jun 06 2018

Loved this waterfall. Hike to the overlook to explore the basin and pools that form under the waterfall. The water was cool but the rocks were slippery. If you're going to get in be careful! Or bring watersocks. We hiked to the top of the waterfall, too. So worth it! Beautiful view.

nature trips
Tue Apr 24 2018

Great gem in the middle of nowhere. Accessible to all and worth the drive!

nature trips
Mon Feb 19 2018

It was a great little trip... only complaint was no sign at the turn off of the main road... the trail leading to the waterfall is easy for those who have a disability or in a wheelchair....

hiking
Fri Dec 15 2017

Been in both Summer and wintertime gorgeous both times. Easy. Kids can do it. Good for an afternoon of quick activity.

Wed Dec 13 2017

Such an oasis surrounded by desert. Great sport climbing as well!

hiking
Mon Jun 26 2017

The falls trail was good (68) but an attempt to hike the connecting trails left me frustrated. They are not well marked and overgrown. The small hiker plates that are on the trees are so far apart and hard to see. I found myself getting lost off the trail. Not recommended for someone new to that terrain. Stay to the falls trail

hiking
Mon Mar 20 2017

Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is OPEN EVERY DAY (unless storms threaten flash flooding). WINTER HOURS: Oct - Mar, are 8:30 am - 5 pm, incoming gate locked 4 pm SUMMER HOURS:Apr - Sept, are 8:30 am to 6 pm, incoming gate locked 5 pm ENTRANCE FEE: $5 per vehicle up to 9 people, $10 per vehicle for 10 or more, FREE with any valid America the Beautiful access pass (https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm) Check the official Lincoln National Forest website for updates or alerts. Or call the Guadalupe District rangers' office at 575-885-4181. (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recarea/?recid=34238)

hiking
Wed Nov 30 2016

Good trail for beginners and families !!!

Sat Nov 05 2016

Beautiful falls

hiking
Tue Mar 29 2016

There are two trails. One is short, paved, and leads to the waterfall, which is beautiful. The Sitting Bull trailhead is on the other side of the parking lot near the map. That is an uphill, rocky hike which would have been great if it weren't for the "closed for public use" sign a short way up. It was still a nice hike and the views from up on the hill were breathtaking.

hiking
Wed Mar 16 2016

We LOVED this trail.

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