New Mexico August 26, 2017
7 Hidden, Breathtaking Waterfalls To Discover In New Mexico
There is nothing like taking a break from the desert dirt, finding some shade and dipping your toes in that cool mountain water. If the water happens to cascade over a big pile of rocks and end in a splash, all the better. Earlier, we brought you
10 Stunning Waterfalls In New Mexico Will Take Your Breath Away. These were some of the state’s most popular falls. Now we bring you a few more — some a little off the beaten path. So, let’s take a hike! Here are seven waterfalls in New Mexico that are waiting to be explored!
1. Bluff Springs (Cloudcroft)
Bluff Springs Waterfall is in the Sacramento Mountains, near Cloudcroft. With picnic facilities and dispersed camping nearby, this can be a popular spot despite the bumpy ride to get there. For views from above, take the path to the top of the falls. Reach Bluff Springs via Rio Penasco Road, County Road C017, in Cloudcroft.
2. Clear Creek (Eagle's Nest)
If you're traveling the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, stop and hike the Clear Creek Trail at Cimarron State Park. About a mile up the trail, you will get to experience one of the state's best falls. Finding the trailhead, (off Highway 64) can be a bit tricky. Park at Mile Marker 292, about six miles outside Eagle's Nest. This trail to the waterfall is doable, but difficulty increases if you hike beyond the fall.
3. Columbine Creek (Red River)
Instead of a regulation waterfall, follow Columbine Creek (via the Columbine Canyon Trail) to experience a picturesque series of mini-falls in the creek. The real payoff here is the abundance of wildflowers along the route. Look for the trail at the rear of the Columbine Creek (Forest Service) Campground, eight miles west of Red River.
4. Dripping Springs (Las Cruces)
As well as being home to a granite "weeping wall," this area of the Organ Mountains is rich with Old West history. Along the easy hike, check out the ruins of a 1800s resort and a 1900s sanitarium. Reach it from the Dripping Springs Trail in the Dripping Springs Natural Area, 10 miles east of Las Cruces.
5. Rio En Medio Falls (near Santa Fe)
This one is a two-fer, with Little Chasm Falls on the same trail. Enjoy a small mountain stream as a bonus. The trail starts at Santa Fe County Road 590 in the village of Rio En Medio, just outside of Santa Fe. Parking is limited. The trail is rated as moderate.
6. Travertine Falls (Tijeras)
Travertine Falls is a seasonal treat near Tijeras. However, if you miss the spring melt or a good rain, the hike is still a beauty. This 1.5-mile, straightforward hike is good for all skill levels. Look for a little cave along the way too.
7. Wheeler Peak Falls (Taos)
Reach Wheeler Peak Falls via the Williams Lake Trail, an out-and-back trail near the Taos Ski Valley. Williams Lake Trail is one of the most popular (with good reason). However, expect difficult terrain and an up-hill challenge.
How many of these beautiful waterfalls have you visited? Which ones are on your list for future visits? Tell us about your adventures in the comments!