Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Whites City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
rocky
12 hours ago

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.

hiking
20 days ago

spectacular hike not too far from Carlsbad. Made it to the top, watched the sunset, and headed down. Took me about an hour to get up and 30mins to get down

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

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

walking
5 months ago

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
6 months ago

It took us about 4 hrs to get to the very top clearing area, stopping along the way and 2 hrs without stopping to go all the way back to parking area. Not easy by any means. There was no one else on the trail and it didn't look like anyone had been there in a while. The trail was clearly marked by rocks. Careful with loose rocks as there are many areas where you walk right on the ledge. Pants, boots and walking sticks suggested. The All Trails map was spot on and a great help. Beautiful scenery.

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.

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
10 months ago

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

nature trips
Monday, February 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
Friday, December 15, 2017

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

quick and easy with a great view

hiking
Monday, June 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

on Yucca Canyon Trail

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Thought this was a beautiful hike. Nobody else was on the trail, and the views were wonderful along the way and from the top.

hiking
Monday, March 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
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Good trail for beginners and families !!!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Beautiful falls

hiking
Tuesday, March 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
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

We LOVED this trail.

hiking
Monday, March 14, 2016

This was a great trail! I would definitely come back. There is beautiful (small) cave with teal water not too far from the trail entrance which was very beautiful. There are many small springs and a nice waterfall. The limestone which is all around is equally beautiful. We hiked for 3.5 hours. Our dog also loved it! It was a great adventure!

hiking
Monday, January 25, 2016

Plenty of beautiful hiking trails here. Really enjoyed the scenery.

nature trips
Sunday, October 11, 2015

The walk to the falls is pretty uneventful, but the falls themselves are really fun. There are various pools that cascade down level by level. I have only ever gone here to swim so I can't comment much on the hiking.There is a trail going up to & behind the falls, into a cave system where King Solomons Mines was filmed. Last time I went the water was too high & frigid to explore. This was over 10 yrs ago so I plan on going again soon to see how much has changed.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beautiful waterfalls and great pools to swim in! The water is perfect during the hot summer months!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Carlsbad trails seem to be pretty much shut down due to the recent rains. The road to the trailhead was the toughest part of the hike. The desert is lush and green but this trail is quite overgrown. Shorts not recommended. But still worth the hike. Hopefully they will open up again soon.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

closed as of last year due to flooding. The road is blocked off. So be sure it is reopened before making the trip!

hiking
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

An oasis in the desert! The drive from Carlsbad is rather lengthy, but the hike from the parking lot is very short.

walking
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The basic trail to the waterfalls basin is very easy and breath taking. The hike to the top of the falls is steep but worth the view.

hiking
Sunday, September 02, 2012

Great place to visit. The trail over the falls is open now. You can see the damage from the fires; very sad.

hiking
Sunday, June 17, 2012

Great little oasis in the desert. Due to last years fires the falls are only open from 12-6 Friday-Sunday. Also, the trail to the top is closed until vegetation grows back. The bottom is well worth the trip though.

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