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“Great for Kids & Newbies”

Dripping Springs Natural Area
Ranked #1 of 53 things to do in Las Cruces
Certificate of Excellence
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great for Kids & Newbies”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

There are several well-groomed and well-marked trails of varying lengths, all of which offer an informative series of plaques identifying the plants and historical sites and explaining their significance. It's a great place to have fun with kids and learn something at the same time. It's also visually stunning, a lovely setting for a picnic or barbeque. Because it's nuzzled up against the east face of the organ mountains it can be anything from chilly to freezing before the sun comes over the mountains, so bring appropriate clothing if you'll be visiting before lunch.

Visited February 2013
Thank John S
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New Mexico, USA
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“A terrific walk”
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
3 Thank Erich505
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Wayland, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
240 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Nice hiking area”
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
1 Thank CJ B
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Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot”
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
Thank MamaG6unit
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Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“One of the best things we did in the area”
Reviewed November 26, 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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