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] (,-106.5843283,15z)) 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]