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Sitting Bull Falls

Address: Sitting Bull Falls Road, Lincoln National Forest, Carlsbad, NM
Phone Number: 575 434-7200
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Ranked #7 of 20 things to do in Carlsbad
Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Boulder, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Drove 11+ hours from Colorado to climb at Sitting bull falls. Very disappointed to learn that it is apparently still closed and has been for many months despite apparent representations to the contrary. (See Brenda O's review.). Come on Lincoln National Forest, do your job and open the Falls.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

The falls are closed till October, there's a fine of $500 dollars for traspacing by feet. And a warning signed for a $5000 dollar fine or 1 year in jail for traspassing. Do not drive it will be closed.completely closed lots of warning signs!!!!

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Valrico, Florida
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231 reviews 231 reviews
158 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The review is to advise anyone making plans to visit that the site is off limits due to the roads being damaged by several storms in 2013. As of June 2014 there are no plans to repair the roads and provide access to the site. Folks using ATVs and trail bikes may be able to access the area. Sad, because... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

The rangers have verified that flooding in 2013 washed out major roads through the park! Since no other sites have mentioned the closure, I wanted to post it here to save you from the long, winding drive to the entrance where you find out it is closed!

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a little oasis in the middle of the desert! Definitely a place to visit if you have the time!

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New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The best kept secret in New Mexico. Takes awhile to get there, but it is worth it. Who would have thought there could be a waterfall northwest of Carlsbad?! There aren't even any rivers! Call before you go...could be closed due to fires in the past.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is a great little out of the way place to spend an afternoon. It has picnic tables and bathrooms but really no staff. Bring your own food and drinks but please clean up after yourselves. This is a pristine place and needs to stay that way.

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Carlsbad NM
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79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Out of the hot desert into the cool mountains of the Lincoln National Forest. Hike up to the top of the falls and take a dip in the many ponds both on top and below the falls. Don't know if you can still climb into the cave beneath the falls but it's an interesting view. Covered picnic facilities available.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Not a commercial site, but a state managed park with unusual features for the southwestern desert. Check before you go: there have been fires and floods which occasionally close the park for extended periods. Pack a lunch and prepare to hike a little for maximum enjoyment. There are picnic tables and restroom facilities, and usually a volunteer caretaker. Great for... More 

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Idalou, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Our 6 kids, 3yrs - 10 yrs had a great time exploring the waterfall and swimming in the springs. The park staff was friendly and it was a great day excursion while traveling from Carlsbad back to Hobbs.

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