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Dripping Springs Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (15)

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


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

90%

Runnable

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°)

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Features Birding · Waterfall

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

  3.7 from 15 votes

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  3.7 from 15 votes
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#134

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#8,379

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Dripping Spring
Aug 7, 2020 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
Crumbling walls are all that remains of this portion of Van Patten's Dripping Springs Resort (Built in 1870's).
Jan 10, 2017 near White S…, NM
The Van Patten Camp ruins
Aug 15, 2018 near White S…, NM
Scenic views are abundant near the ruins of Van Patten's Dripping Springs Resort.
Jan 10, 2017 near White S…, NM

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Jun 17, 2018
Bryan Bost
Easy well maintained trail with nice historic buildings
Dec 31, 2017
Doug Baer
Hike with family 4.7mi
Dec 23, 2017
Jason Wheat