New Mexico February 20, 2018
Celebrate The Arrival Of Spring In New Mexico With This Easy Waterfall Hike
We’ve approached that time of year where the temperatures are in constant fluctuation, where the weather is warm and sunny one week then gray and chilly the next. That just means spring is arriving soon and we bet you’re just itching for a reason to head out to celebrate the new season. We suggest heading out for a hike to ring in spring! Check out this one trail near Las Cruces that is easy to hike and easy on the eyes.
Just look at this stunning landscape! This is what you’ll find at the Dripping Springs Natural Area, a lovely wooded area near the Organ Mountains.
Dripping Springs sits a short drive from Las Cruces—almost 14 miles from the city center—making it a quick and easy getaway for anyone looking to see a little piece of paradise.
And paradise it is because you’ll get to see a waterfall, wildflowers, and old ruins, a trifecta of scenic views in New Mexico.
The trail overall measures approximately 2.7 miles over and back. It’s easy to navigate, covered in gravel, and is easy enough for your kids to enjoy.
Near the end of the trail, you’ll encounter the ruins of long-abandoned buildings. These were actually part of a sanatorium that dates to 1910.
The sanatorium, named after its constructor, Dr. Nathan Boyd, was used as a medical facility for treating tuberculosis. It also operated briefly as a resort, as well as private residence before the land was eventually acquired by the Bureau of Land Management.
You can check out the ruins but only do this from outside the buildings. They are deteriorating and are considered unsafe to enter.
At the end of the trail, you’ll find the little waterfall! Sometimes, it flows in a lovely stream like this and other times it seems to slowly drip into a pool below. Increase your chances of seeing the waterfall and wildflowers by visiting within a few short days of rain.
This is definitely a quick little spot you’ll want to visit with your family! The easy trail, pretty views, and chance to talk about history will help create lasting memories.
For more details about the trail and the Dripping Springs Natural Area, visit the
Bureau of Land Management website.
If you want to explore another fantastic waterfall without hiking, then you’ll want to check out Soda Dam Falls at Jemez Springs. Read more about the area and trail at
This One Unbelievable New Mexico Waterfall Is Hiding In Plain Sight… No Hiking Required.