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“Great Hiking Trails in Organ Mountains”

Dripping Springs Natural Area
Ranked #1 of 53 things to do in Las Cruces
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Las Cruces
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Hiking Trails in Organ Mountains”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

I live in Las Cruces and frequently hike the Dripping Springs trail. The scenery is spectacular. No matter how many times I'm on the trail, I never tire of the natural beauty. The Visitor Center staff is friendly and helpful. This is a great family location. There is a fee for parking.

Visited June 2012
7 Thank Carolsouthwest
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New Mexico
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great Hike and great ruins”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is my favorite hike in the Las Cruces area. It is about 3 miles one way and you get a bit of a workout due to the ascent. The trails are well worn and marked. There are some good ruins to view of the old Dripping Springs Lodge and Van Patten Camp. The spring itself is barely a drip - hence "dripping" springs, duh. It is also a bit cooler and nice amongst the trees once you get to the old lodge and camp. A great historical landmark that should be a bit better protected and turned into a State Monument or Park!

Visited May 2012
7 Thank jalcruces
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El Paso, Texas
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very good for what it is...”
Reviewed May 4, 2012

The bottom line is there's not much to see, but it's fun getting there. A winding trail takes you to Dripping Springs. I think it is about 1.5 miles one way. Possible Rattlesnakes and other wild animials. When you get there you will see a spring dripping water. In addition, however, there are the largely intact ruins of a former hotel and hospital for those with TB. On the way you pass some ranch buildings and ruins. It is very quiet. There are 2 or 3 spots on the trail whre you can sit. The trail is up and down. If you look you should see a little stone house that probably was home to the ranch hands at times. You can see that this valley are was largely hidden in the past and was the home of some Indians for part of the year. The hotel or sanitarium build a small dam to hold back the water from the spring. Most of the time, you'll be the only one there. There are picnic tables so bring a lunch if you wish. Beware that in the summer it is very hot so don't underestimate your need for water and sun protection. The trip is 3 miles round trip. There's no place to get sanitary water on the trail.

Visited June 2011
5 Thank waynerout
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Eugene, Oregon
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106 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Off the beaten path.”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Lots of history that is tied to the Las Cruces area. There is manned visitor center with running water and bathrooms. Hiking is what DS is all about. Short or Long there is many trails to the offering. Pack a snack and water.

Visited January 2012
2 Thank David B
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“Great place for a day trip and a hike”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

We love this place and walk there as often as we can. The fee is only $3 per car and free with a Golden Age Pass. You can hike to the actual Dripping Springs, where you also find the old Boyd Sanitarium building remains and the van Patten Mountain Camp remains. Or, you can hike Filmore Canyon to the waterfall, which flows when there has been enough rain, but can sometimes be almost totally dry, except for some dampness on the rock walls behind where the waterfall would be. You can also go to the Cave. Sometimes people even climb the rocks there with ropes, etc. -- but I don't know if one needs special permission to do so. There is a large picnic area near the Cave both for individual picnics and one large group picnic area, which I assume must be reserved in advance. The Visitor Center has a few interesting photos and displays, free maps of the natural area, and information about other areas to visit. You sign in, pay your money, and are on your way.

Visited April 2012
4 Thank ANNIE S
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