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Characters of the Past - Living History Hike at Dripping Springs Natural Area

The Las Cruces Bureau of Land Management  District will be hosting a living history event on June 26!  There is no charge for the event, aside from the usual $5 entrance fee per vehicle (this is covered if you have a  Golden Age, Access, America the Beautiful or the LCDO Recreation Pass). You do not have to RSVP or register with BLM in advance to attend.

Experience life from over 100 years ago to today. Hike the 3 miles (total) on Dripping Springs Trail and meet characters of Dripping Springs’ past - like the Hermit, a miner, party goers, Van Patten’s wife, tuberculosis patients and caretakers, cowboys and old time musicians!

At 6:30 PM come and meet the characters and hear their brief overview of their time in history.

The historical characters of Dripping Springs are shy and only rarely come back to life for picture opportunities. These characters will be located at different parts of the trail and historical structures - places that they “haunted” when they were alive. We should be off the trail by 8:30 PM, about the time it will be dark.

The program begins at the Visitor Center at Dripping Springs NA. Bring hiking shoes, water, snacks, hats, camera, headlamp/flashlight, etc., to make certain you have everything you need to have a healthy, happy hike.

The guided hike will last approximately 2 hours. This program is being done in coordination with Groundwork Dona Ana, NM Youth Conservation Corps, and New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. You are free to make your own way back down the trail.

The Dripping Springs Natural Area ([masked], [masked]) is located 10 miles east of Las Cruces, on the west side of the Organ Mountains. From Exit 1 on Interstate 25, take University Avenue/Dripping Springs Road to the end where there is a parking lot.

Meet at Milagro's at 6:00 PM if you would like to carpool.  Remember to reimburse the driver for gas!  Please leave your pets at home.

For more information contact park ranger McKinney Briske at[masked]-4334.


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  • Pauline M.

    Well done Grant

    July 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Jornada Hikers,
    If you liked the hike (and it looks like everyone did!) please "like" us on facebook! Future events hosted by Groundwork Dona Ana will be posted on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groundworkDA

    3 · July 28, 2014

  • Grant H.

    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for attending the hike! I'm glad everyone enjoyed it. We will be having more programs like this over the remainder of the summer, which will be posted on the site.

    2 · July 28, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Well done. It would be wonderful to see more of this type of events.

    July 28, 2014

  • Victoria W.

    Agree with all the other comments--what a great evening. Thanks to the Youth Conservation Corp and their leaders for a terrific event.

    July 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun Evening. Kudos to the 'characters' all of them did an amazing job.

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • Traci

    Extremely well organized and loads of fun. Carolyn was our hike leader from Dripping Springs and she did a great job of giving us all the interesting historical facts and keeping the group together. The characters from the past were absolutely delightful....well played!!! Hope to see you next year. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to pull if off!

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • Karen Snodgrass N.

    Bravo!!! Loved this!

    July 26, 2014

  • Karen G.

    Excellent hike/historical experience! Well done!

    July 26, 2014

  • Carol E.

    This was very well done, hats off to who ever organized the story telling.

    July 26, 2014

  • Yared

    My friend is running late from El Paso. I won't be meeting at Milagros.

    July 26, 2014

    • Yared

      He got here too late. I hope they do this again.

      July 26, 2014

  • Lindsay A.

    Dave and Lindsay meeting everyone at trail head

    July 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I wasn't able to make it. Next time.

    July 26, 2014

  • Roberta

    I'm headed straight to dripping springs too .

    July 26, 2014

  • Yesica

    Running late too I'll just go there

    July 26, 2014

  • Gus

    I didn't know they did this kind of thing, how awesome! I'm stoked!!

    1 · July 16, 2014

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