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Review of Sitting Bull Falls

Sitting Bull Falls
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

My wife and I visited Sitting Bull Falls with our friends who are from the area. I dare so we enjoyed the falls more than the Caverns, certainly more adventure to be had. To begin, the drive out is pretty scenic and the parking is ample. They have pavilions for picnics with BBQ pits and bathrooms. The falls are a short walk away from the parking lot and it is simply amazing and fun. The falls are about 160 feet tall spilling into pools that merge into a stream towards the back of the canyon. I felt like a Spanish Conquistador exploring the area that seems so out of place in the desert. Your inner child is easily awoken by the park. You can swim and wade in the water or take a hike up to the source of the falls if you want a different adventure. The hike to the top is about 2 miles and achievable by all who are capable of walking. Once you arrive to the source you are greeted by a desert spring that is absolutely breathtaking. As an added bonus for taking the path less traveled, there is a rope swing that will allow you to make epic splashes in your on little oasis. This park is a must see if you are in the area, like I mentioned before we actually enjoyed the falls more then Carlsbad caverns. The Caverns are awesome but the falls made me feel like a kid and I got to cool off during the New Mexico summer days. Definitely a great place to bring young kids or the young at heart.

What to bring:
Food for a picnic
Water
Cameras
Bathing Suit
Pets are okay, we brought ours...just clean up after them
phone

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Reviewed September 16, 2010

Sitting Bull Falls, while quite a drive, is a beautiful stop in Lincoln National Park. There is hiking (easy and strenuous), swimming (so don't forget to pack a suit) and photography opportunities!

6  Thank rickandkim
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

Took the wrong trail to the falls. Follwed sign that said "to top of falls". Was a nice hike though and found FW pools if you venture left at the fork on top. Went back down to concrete path which is a short 1/4 mile hike to the actual falls. From there is fun to explore, climb around, jump in, and take pictures. A must do if in Carlsbad!

10  Thank heatherjewett
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Reviewed November 14, 2009

I found information on Sitting Bull Falls in my hotel's 'Carlsbad Attractions' binder. Up for the journey, I headed the 30 miles west to Sitting Bull Falls and I'm so glad that I did.
The drive was beautiful; I stopped numerous times to take pictures. Once I got there, it was a short walk via concrete walkway to the falls. Very beautiful - one of the largest waterfalls in New Mexico.
Bring a lunch as it's an ideal place for a picnic; covered and uncovered tables available.

9  Thank JAMIE77BellinghamWA
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Reviewed May 23, 2016
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