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Dripping Springs Natural Area

Dripping Springs Brochure
Dripping Springs Location Map

The Dripping Springs Natural Area has over four miles of easy hiking trails, including the Dripping Springs Trail, which shows off desert scrub and low elevation pinon-juniper and oak woodlands. The area also boasts excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, including excellent year-round viewing of red-tailed hawk, Gambel’s quail, golden eagle and rock squirrel. It offers very good year-round viewing of desert mule deer and coyote. Also watch for black-throated sparrow, ladder-backed woodpecker, verdin, black-tailed gnatcatcher, lesser nighthawk, Scott’s oriole, cactus wren, desert cottontail, and collared and tree lizard in the spring and summer. Finally, there are occasional sightings of mountain lion.

Wildlife viewing, hiking, picnicking.

The Dripping Springs Natural Area has a visitor center, handicapped-accessible restrooms, 12 picnic sites, and one large family/group picnic site that can be reserved through the BLM Las Cruces District Office (see Contact Information on the right). There is no camping or pets allowed on the trails.

Visitor Center
The Dripping Springs Visitor Center offers interpretive displays of the Organ Mountains. It is located 10 miles east of Interstate 25, Exit 1, on the western edge of the Organ Mountains in the Dripping Springs Natural Area. It is open all year, except winter holidays, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. Dripping Springs Natural Area Visitor Center phone (575-522-1219) is not operable.  Please call the Las Cruces District BLM office for more information at 575-525-4300.

Location / Access
Dripping Springs Location Map

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.

Dripping Springs Natural Area

Photo Gallery (Flickr)

Hiking/Backpacking Visitor Center Picnicking Watchable Wildlife

Day Use (per vehicle): $5
Day Use (Bus): $15
Group SIte (per group) $50

Las Cruces District Office Day Use Pass: $30

Open year-round.

April through September the entrance gate is open 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

October through March the entrance gate is open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Visitors Center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

BLM: Las Cruces
Dripping Springs Location Map
See Contact Information below to obtain maps or visit the Public Lands Information Center.

Contact Information
Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM  88005-3370