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Dripping Springs Natural Area, Las Cruces

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4.3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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  • My kids really enjoyed the hike, they are 3yrs and a 7yrs old. It was a great experience and the people where very informative. 
  • My husband and I hiked about 6 1/2 miles to the hermit's cave, around the back of the mountain and up to the old camp. The trail is gravel; the incline is gradual. While it pushed us, because we are n...  read more »
  • Me and my family try and get out here at least a few times a year. Moe often if out schedule allows. We have a 14 year old 9 year old and 3 year old and they all really love it. We pack lunches and hi...  read more »
  • 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!
  • My first time visiting was a blast! Went with my family (about 10 people total). We hiked La Cueva trail. The maps provided us were easy to understand. You can choose to start hiking from visitor center or take a small ride to another parking lot where other trail heads are located. La Cueva trail leads to a small cave (not that impressive for adults, but kids loved it. Still, it's a cave, so that's cool.) After the short hike to the cave we proceeded to go off the trail to hike up the rock formation. My dad remembered seeing some other hikers do this, so we gave it a try. It's a technical hike. We had a couple young ones and some older people in our group, and it was a bit strenuous for everyone. So, proceed with caution. We did see 3 rattlesnakes, but managed to stay far enough away. Even though it's technically off the trail there was a clearly formed path where I guess other hikers have through enough times to blaze a trail. There were a couple of opportunities to climb up the rock formation to get some good views of the park and good photo ops. All in all, I believe we hiked 1.5 miles in about an hour. We then enjoyed a nice snack in of the several available covered lunch tables. Can't wait to visit again and try other trails out!
  • Was visiting from the Midwest, so this hike was a great introduction to the scenery of the region. Definitely would recommend.
  • Very beautiful and I appreciate that dogs aren't allowed to disturb local endangered species
  • Take your dog to the park in Las Cruces. The wildlife and vegetation here is quite stressed already. That being done, come on up and enjoy the amazing views, killer geology and great history.
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