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A hidden jem in a harsh environment.

A little off the beaten path but well worth the drive. a 165 ft waterfall in an environment where... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gary S
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Tulsa
Worth the drive

This waterfall area is about 32 miles from the highway on an open range, winding, paved road. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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All reviews long drive worth the trip day trip on the rocks parking area off the beaten path out of the way covered picnic tables water flow swimming hole nice picnic water shoes beautiful waterfall lincoln national forest viewing deck picnic area restroom facilities
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little off the beaten path but well worth the drive. a 165 ft waterfall in an environment where you would not expect to find such a beautiful natural feature.

Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This waterfall area is about 32 miles from the highway on an open range, winding, paved road. The signage is not great so pay close attention when you see the sign that says there is a fee area for the Sitting Bull Falls and note the tiny turn arrow on the post. The fee is $5 and they honor various passes. There is a nice concrete viewing area very close to the parking lot but also short paths that lead to the top and bottom of the falls . Several nice picnic shelters and nice toilets. No entry after 5PM. Worth the drive!

1  Thank Candi S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sitting Bull Falls is a bit of a drive, but if you have the time and don't mind a drive to an out of the way box canyon, it could be worth the trip. The road is gated and open during the day. This is a day use area and subject to a $5 fee. There's a small parking area and plenty of covered picnic tables. The path to the falls view area is short and very easy. There are other tougher trails in the area.

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Reviewed September 28, 2018

drive for about 40 minutes down a few windy roads with free roaming cattle and end up in a well-maintained, quiet place with a beautiful waterfall and nice picnic area.

Good place to picnic.

$5 fee

1  Thank Underpaid62
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Reviewed September 28, 2018

The review saying it was closed is from 2014 after heavy flooding. This is an easy hike and is remarkable that it even exists. The whole Carlsbad area is a wonder to behold.

2  Thank littlepip2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Sitting Bull Falls is off the beaten path for sure, but well worth the trek especially if you’re already close to the area perhaps visiting one of the national parks like Guadalupe and or Carlsbad Caverns. There is a nominal fee of five dollars to park and access the area but well worth it. There are really nice picnic venues with some of the nicest shelters I’ve ever seen and charcoal grills available. Also good restroom facilities with flush toilets and soap to wash your hands. The walk to the falls from the parking area is about a 10th of a mile and is concrete with railings. There are steps down to the pools beneath the fall but you can access the viewing area without steps. Bring your bathing suit and swim beneath the falls in the beautiful pools.

2  Thank Andrew J
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

We stopped there on our way to Brantley Lake campground.This is very nice place.Green oasis in the middle of desert.Falls are not so big but nice,clear cold water and green vegetation around.Nice place for taking a rest or making some picnic.Worth to go there.

2  Thank Ludek S
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

It's kind of a long drive but the road is good, paved all the way. The hike to the falls is very short, paved so good for mobility devices and fat Grandma's! There are a variety of trails for the more adventurous. The picnic grounds are beautiful, manicured lawns, nice clean bathrooms. Is this NM LOL? Swimming in the springs is cold, but the water is so clean and nice on a hot day! There are some pretty slippery rocks so be careful. We also saw a leech in the water, don't know how plentiful they are but lots of people swimming and no screams! I just did a check when we got out of the water.

6  Thank newmexjags
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

You could spend the day at this park. Nice walkway to the falls with pools for swimming. Multiple picnic shelters with grills and clean restroom facilities. Only $5 to use the park. We were there on a Saturday and there were lots of people. The enjoyable drive to the park takes you to the middle of nowhere it seems.

1  Thank LEHankins
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Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Leave early as you’ll have a long but beautiful drive into the national park. We got to the parking lot right as it opened and started the hike up to the top of the waterfall. We hiked about 3 miles total for the day with myself, husband, and our 3 kids (ages 3, 5, and 7 years old). There’s a few spots we had to help our kids out but they were still able to do this hike easily. Just keep them close as it drops off close to the top of the waterfall, obviously. We made our way to a beautiful lily pad pond, saw 2 snakes here, so keep an eye out. We let the kids play in the water that was streaming but not stagnant. It was cold and refreshing on the hike. On the way down the mountain we came very close to 3 deer and got to watch them effortlessly run up the mountain side so that was cool! We went slow and enjoyed the hike so it took us about 2 hours. We made it back down to the parking lot at lunch and then took the paved sidewalk down to the waterfall. We had a picnic then swam in that icy cold water! Me and our 7 year old climbed up onto the rocks (be careful was very mossy and slippery) and stood under the waterfall. My husband had to hold tight to our 3 year old who can’t swim yet because it does go pretty deep so keep that in mind. (I should have brought the puddle jumpers for her). After that we laid out on the rocks to warm up then hiked some more back behind the falls. The kids looked for minnows in the shallow areas. If you’re looking for some adventure, this was a great family day trip! Had a blast and was surprised with the beauty here!

1  Thank lanceandamanda
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