Dripping Springs Natural Area
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.
Summer (March-Nov): 7 AM - Sunset
Winter (Nov-March): 8 AM - Sunset
Dripping Springs Natural Area is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
The Dripping Springs Natural Area offers handicapped-accessible restrooms, 12 picnic sites, and one reservable large family/group picnic site. Contact the Las Cruse District Office for more information.
There is no camping and pets are allowed only on designated trails.
The Dripping Springs Visitor Center offers interpretive displays of the Organ Mountains.
Open: 8 AM - 5 PM
Contact: (575) 522-1219
Las Cruse District Office Address and Contact
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005-3371
- Visit: Las Cruces District Office
- More Information: New Mexico
- Dripping Springs Natural Area History Brochure
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.
Day Use: $5 per vehicle
Las Cruces District Annual Pass: $30