Dripping Springs Natural Area, Las Cruces

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  • This is one of those places that might be easy to miss while en route to one of the more 'famous' attractions (like White Sands or Carlsbad) - don't! This is well worth a stop and a short hike takes y...  more »
  • The hike is not too strenuous and well worth taking time out to do. The vistas are beautiful and you can see the city below. It’s hard to believe there used to be a hotel tucked away in this canyon be...  more »
  • We discovered this park by chance. Reading the AAA tour book for the area, the park is listed. So we took a diversion, followed the roadsigns and arrived at the park. The rock formations resemble pipe...  more »
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  • Nice hike up a gravel trail. No pets past a certain point on the trail. Beautiful views all around.
  • We like to come hiking up here in all sorts of weather. Today was very windy with a fresh crisp chill in the air. By the time we hiked above the waterfall, we were sufficiently warmed up.
  • Great day hike!
  • Was visiting from the Midwest, so this hike was a great introduction to the scenery of the region. Definitely would recommend.
  • Dripping Springs is just a smidge outside of Las Cruces, NM and is a gorgeous place to explore. There are hidden areas, TONS of history and lore, and plenty of cool natural features to enjoy. The great thing about the hike is how comfortably secluded it is. Even the Visitor Center at the Springs looked like it had not been touched since the late 1960's. This may or may not be a good thing depending on your personal tastes. For us, we care more about the outdoors, not the indoors. Walking the entire trail system will take you about 4-5 hours. We started out with the Dripping Springs Trail, came back down and took the Crawford Trail, up the Fillmore Trail, back down around La Cueva Rocks and finally took La Cueva back to the Visitor Center. My favorite piece of history at Dripping Springs is about 'The Hermit of la Cueva'. There's a certain cave in the park where thousands of archeological artifacts dating to 5000 BC have been found. I won't ruin the rest of the story for you - you'll definitely need to check this place out! My only reason for giving 4 stars instead of 5 is the lack of restrooms. For a park such as this, it would be prudent to include even primitive bathrooms at the historic sites. Other than this, the park is fantastic!

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