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“A terrific walk” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dripping Springs Natural Area

Dripping Springs Natural Area
Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88005-3370
575 522 1219
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Ranked #5 of 42 things to do in Las Cruces
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New Mexico, USA
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“A terrific walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

My wife and I spent a lovely couple of hours walking around the Dripping Springs Natural Area last weekend (19 Jan '13). What a great walk!

An easy 5-or-so-mile drive from Las Cruces (the last 2 are over an unpaved but well-graded road), Dripping Springs Natural Area gives a terrific little window into that part of the Chihuahuan Desert. The trails are situated so as to allow moderately fit visitors to really get out and interact with the landscape. The views of the Organ Mountains are glorious, as is visitors' exposure to native plants. Paths are well maintained and are graded to as to minimize inconveniences like having to climb up and down so much to cross small arroyos - yet this is done with a light footprint with respect for the terrain. It's just lovely.

We did the c. 3-mile Crawford Trail, which was easy in under a couple of hours. A little up and down (again, easy if you're moderately fit), but the views make it totally worth the walk. Great time!

Visited January 2013
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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“Nice hiking area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Dripping Springs has a very nice campground. The views of the Organ Mountains are spectacular. We watched some serious rock climbers while we were there. There are lots of areas to explore on these south-facing mountains.

Visited January 2013
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“Beautiful spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Loved the hike up to the hermits cave. Was simply surprised by how much you can see from up there. Be ready for a long uphill walk but we'll worth the trip.

Visited December 2012
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Memphis
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“One of the best things we did in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

The trail is gravel and well maintained, still it is important to wear good shoes and to be prepared for the walk. I'd describe this as more of a moderately tough walk that a hike. The first mile and a half are up hill, then you return the way you came. At the top of the path, you will see the old resort and the sanatorium for TB patients. If you enjoy taking photos, you will find a target rich environment. There are other paths to take and you can spend as much time as you want. Allow a minimum of 2 hours for this activity.

Visited November 2012
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Albuquerque, NM USA
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“Beautiful and well-maintained”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This was a beautiful hike / trail run with well-maintained gravel trails. You can choose trail lengths of 3-5 miles. We did the 5 mile option, touring the abandoned resort, dripping springs, dry waterfall, and hermit cave areas. This is a great day hike area with kids. We saw tarantulas and quail on the trail and others told us they saw coyotes and mule deer.

Visited October 2012
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