Dripping Springs

Hiking and biking trails in southern New Mexico along the Organ Mountains, managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

photo: Type: Backcountry
Length: 4.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: 10 mi. E of Las Cruces on University Ave. at the A.B. Cox visito center.
States: New Mexico
Counties: Doña Ana
Latitude: 32.32976   Longitude: -106.59052

The Dripping Springs Natural Area 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 east to the end.

Description

The Dripping Springs Trail System consists of four short trails, all linked together. The Dripping Springs Trail takes you to the historic Van Patten Mountain Camp and the Dripping Springs. La Cueva Trail links the Visitor Center to La Cueva Picnic Area and provides access from the picnic area to the Fillmore Canyon and Crawford Trails.

The entire trail system is nearly five miles, and offers spectacular views of the western side of the Organ Mountains and the Mesilla Valley.

The trail is open to hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking, but is a poor mountain bike trail because of steep slopes and thick brush that catches handle bars; the BLM has developed over 40 miles of mountain bike trails in the area.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1992

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: BLM - area information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District
1800 Marquess St.
Las Cruces , NM 88005
(505) 525-4300
http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/las_cruces/dripping_springs.htm

 

Photos

Fillmore Canyon watefall. Photo by Frank Carey.

Fillmore Canyon watefall. Photo by Frank Carey.

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