My husband and I are interested in birds and other critters, so we decided to go to Dripping Springs to see what we could find. We went on the 3 mile round trip hike and it was perfect for us--not too strenuous. It was hot, but we had water, so it was fine. Because of the drought, there is no water in the waterfall, but it is still an interesting place to hike to. It is the site of a former hotel and then a sanitorium many years ago. There are a couple of other trails to explore, but it was just too hot and uncomfortable to try to do those that day. The small visitor center was interesting and the volunteer BLM employees were very pleasant and knowledgeable. The restrooms were clean and well maintained as well. As far as critters are concerned, we did see several interesting birds, and we understand that there are snakes and deer there as well, but we didn't encounter any of those. There is also a cougar in the area, and we did not see it either--probably a good thing! We would go back and hike there again during cooler weather.