Editor’s Note: As of May 2022, Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is closed due to extreme fire danger in the area. While you can still learn about the area below, we will not be updating the information in this article at the present time. If you are searching for more New Mexico swimming holes, check out our list of several that are scattered around the state. 

On scorching summer days, there’s nothing more refreshing than a dip in a natural swimming hole. But what if you could slide into a pool of cool water under a cascading waterfall? Well, in New Mexico you can do just that.

To reach Sitting Bull Falls start on US-285, then go west on NM-137. You remain on this road for approximately 20 miles before making a right onto CR-409. Keep going until you reach the parking lot for the recreation area.

Tip: The parking lot nearest to the falls is small and fills up fast. While there is an overflow lot, it’s much less convenient. Go early to secure one of the better spaces.

Watching this video will help you imagine that you’re already there!

The combination of a swimming hole and waterfall certainly make Sitting Bull Falls special. But New Mexico does have other swimming holes in natural settings where you can beat the heat.

Even if you can’t make it to this gorgeous waterfall this summer, definitely add this mini-oasis to your New Mexico bucket list.

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