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Dripping Springs Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.9 (17)

An easy, well-maintained trail with lots of cool ruins to explore!


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Point to Point

6,128' 1,868 m

High

5,660' 1,725 m

Low

468' 143 m

Up

46' 14 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Waterfall

Family Friendly Very easy, kid-friendly terrain

There is a $5 entrance fee (only cash or check) to access the park and the trails.

Description

Visitors will love exploring this route which features a natural waterfall, 1800's hotel ruins, and 1900's Sanatorium ruins. Overall, the trail is very pleasant and scenic as you get closer and closer to the base of the mountains. The way out is a steady, but not too steep climb. At just over a mile, the trail passes by Van Patten's Livery which was built in the late 1800s. Be sure to take some time to explore the ruins of Boyd's Sanatorium and Van Patten's Dripping Springs Resort Ruins at the end of the trail before you head back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

This trail has an abundance of native plants. Sumacs, chollas, chilopsis, oaks, junipers, asclepias, columbines and evening primroses.
Rabbits and many species of birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brandon Dougherty with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 17 votes

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  3.9 from 17 votes
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Trail Rankings

#104

in New Mexico

#7,563

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Photos

Dripping Spring
Aug 7, 2020 near White S…, NM
View from the trail
Apr 15, 2022 near White S…, NM
View from the trail
Apr 15, 2022 near White S…, NM
View from the trail
Apr 15, 2022 near White S…, NM
Van Patten's Dripping Springs Resort was originally built in the 1870's.
Jan 10, 2017 near White S…, NM
View of the Boyd Sanatorium ruins.
Jun 13, 2020 near White S…, NM

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Apr 15, 2022
Stewart Carnes
Apr 19, 2021
Nick Kepf
Mar 5, 2021
Donna Kepf
Good hike. Up hill going and down hill faci. Steady climb. Beautiful views. 2.7mi — 1h 20m
Mar 5, 2021
Nick Kepf
Beautiful views, interesting history. Steady climb up on a loose gravel roadway. 2.7mi — 1h 20m
Nov 8, 2020
Drew Herpel
1.6mi — 1h 15m
Aug 29, 2020
Olivia Bellomo
3.2mi
Jun 13, 2020
Jean-Claude Linossi
Beautiful trail with great views of the Organ mountains 1.6mi — 40h 00m
Feb 18, 2020
May Ang