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Quite the view from on high. In fact, I would rank the view from the peak as second in Las Cruces, with the best being atop the Organ Needles - which is not a hike for the gentle. Picacho Peak is easy enough yet I would maintain it as a Moderate. We took the old trail down the back side of the hill which cuts back and forth before joining the new path again at the base, then rounds the hill back toward the parking area.
trail starts out easy, walk through fire charred trees but quickly turns fairly aggressive as you scramble the rocks. Beautiful views from top. Pay close attention to cairns marking trail as there are several paths up the final stretch before the arch.
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)