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Dripping Springs

A relatively easy, Saturday morning stroll to the end of the trail (and maybe more) at the end of Dripping Springs Natural Area on the west side of the Organ Mountains.

There are lots of ruins here, including the old Boyd Sanitorium and Van Patten’s Mountain Camp.

Please bring adequate water, shoes, etc. Please notice that pets are not allowed!

DISTANCE is ~3–4 mi roundtrip

ELEVATION GAIN is is minimal, though the starting elevation is some 2000 ft above that of Las Cruces.

FEES: $5/vehicle, paid at the visitors center. Cash only! If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here.

DURATION: Finish by late morning/early afternoon.

PET FRIENDLY? No; pets are not allowed in Drippings Springs Natural Area.

SKILL LEVEL is reasonably beginner friendly. This among the easiest of the hikes this group does.

TERRAIN well-maintained trail, gravel & dirt.



MEET for carpool at:

• Las Cruces: 8:00 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. Open at 6:30 am on the weekends, the coffee, breakfast burritos, and bagels (fresh on the weekends) are all good here. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map

• Trailhead: 8:20 am, Dripping Springs Visitor Center.

MORE information:

• BLM's Website for the Dripping Springs Natural Area

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a pleasure meeting everyone! Baby enjoyed the hike very much much!

    August 3, 2013

  • Pauline M.

    It was a green with the recent rains and gorgeous little pools.

    August 3, 2013

  • Gus

    they opened a new section of trail going behind the spring and seeing where it's fed :), just fyi!

    August 1, 2013

  • Stephen (Steve) A.

    My guest, Irma, and I will meet you at the trailhead.

    August 1, 2013

  • Floyd R.

    Anyone interested in doing a 60 mile backpacking trip in the Gila Wilderness next week? I have a great loop route planned out starting and ending at the Cliff Dwellings.

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • Yubao

      How many days would the trip take?

      July 31, 2013

    • Floyd R.

      6 days, average 10 miles per day...

      July 31, 2013

  • Pauline M.

    yeah finally got hiking boots....first hike at dripping springs!!!
    anyone need a pair of size 9 keen boots..they have seen it all!

    July 31, 2013

  • Samat

    Updated description w/ more info, maps, etc. Meetup has changed their description editor (for the worse, of course!) so it's even more of a pain to keep things organized.

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus my hubby and baby :). Hopefully, this we'll be our first hike with baby.

    July 31, 2013

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