Summary: From the front of the Visitors Center head left to the Dripping Springs Trail Head. Follow the Dripping Springs Trail to the 3/4 mile point, where you will meet the junction of the Crawford Trail. Take the right fork, stay on to the Dripping SpringsTrail. At about 1.3 miles you will find a fork in the trail. Take the right fork. Keep right at the next junction. You will come to the old Boyd Sanitarium in 0.1 miles. When looking at the dining hall, search for a rock stairway on the left side. Follow the stairway up and left to the waterfall above the area. You must return down that same path. Return to the last junction and go right. 300 feet further on the trail will bring you to the Van Patten Mountain Camp. After exploring the camp, continue around the loop trail to the main trail and return to the visitor's center.
Trailhead: From the junction of I-10 and I-25, follow I-25 north one mile to the University Ave Exit. Turn right (east) on University Ave. University Ave will turn into Dripping Springs Rd. Follow Dripping Springs Rd east for about 5 miles until the pavement ends. Continue an additional 2.5 miles to the junction of Dripping Springs Rd and Baylor Canyon Rd. Just a little further ahead on Dripping Springs Rd you will find the paved entrance to Dripping Springs Natural Area. The entrance fee is $3 per vehicle. (Lat:32.32994 Lon:-106.59028)
Trail Guides for DSNA - Dripping Springs Trail.:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Dripping Springs Visitor's Center - (575) 522-1219
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted 71 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Mindy on 9/1/2010
This was a fantastical hike! Kids loved it and was enjoyable throughout - especially toward the end where the waterfall was at! That was the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. Will definitely have to do this again!
Reviewed by Soraya on 7/2/2010
A very nice trail. Offers great sights and is considerably easy. It has been a while since I've hiked this trail. I look forward to going back.
Reviewed by KG on 5/9/2010
This is a nice, scenic hike that offers a bit of history along with it. The visitor center has some good information about the history of the area, wildlife you may find along the way, etc. The hike itself is relatively easy - it's a gravel trail with a modest incline. It's really neat to see some of the landmarks along the hike, which are detailed with thorough information on how these old structures came to be in the late 1800s. The scenery of the Organ mountains is very nice as well. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a scenic walk/hike and learning a bit of history as well.
Reviewed by k & m on 9/17/2009
wow, this is an awesome trail and with such sites to see along the way. the trails is very welll maintained and clean with spotless restrooms. my husband and i are in our 60's and found the elevation gain comfortable. the visitors center and attendent was very informative and interesting and suggested other hikes and sites. The history of the ruins was fasinating and enhanced our hike, we hope funds are allotted soon to keep the ruins that remain in shape for all future generations to enjoy. Thank u BLM for this outstanding day hike.
Reviewed by Desi on 8/17/2009
I recently did this hike with my husband and brother-in-law, and we loved this hike! The pictures don't do the trail justice. We went Aug. 15 at around 9:00, it warm with a cool breeze. You will see a lot of different species of butterflies and bugs. Also the history of the site is amazing! I myself felt like it was great because although the trail is well maintained your allowed to explore the different sites which makes it feel like a little adventure. I would recommend this hike to anyone just starting out as well as anyone who just enjoys great scenery along with some good history.
Reviewed by doug on 12/10/2008
Took Mother and Father on this hike. They're in their early 60's and were worried that it might be too much for them. We took it slow, paused fairly often for water and trail mix and made it all the way to the ruins and back with no problems. We went in early December of 2008. It was brisk, but not too cold. The trail all the way into the secluded area was uneventful and we did not see any wildlife to speak of. The views back toward Las Cruces and further south were breathtaking. There is a plains area just before you reach the stables area and the first structures of interest that is also very serene and beautiful even in December. All in all a great hike. Probably better in spring.
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