Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
505.00 ft (153.92 m)
Trail type
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
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Dripping Springs Trail is an easy out-and-back in the Organ Mountains National Monument. The trail starts at the visitor center where hikers can pay the $5 fee before using the trail (cash only). From the visitor center, signs point to the trailhead. Animals are permitted on the first half mile and then must either continue on different trails or turn around.  

The gravel trail initially descends for the first three-quarters of a mile. The first half mile of the trail has beautiful views of the Organ Needles, a mountain range named after the instrument due to the shape of its peaks. Once hikers get to the first junction they should continue to the right (the trail is clearly marked) toward the springs. The trails winds into the base of the mountains, and the mountain walls begin to encompass the trail. At approximately 1.2 miles into the trail there are signs to Dripping Springs, Boyd Sanitarium, and the Van Patten Mountain Camp. Hikers should spend some time exploring the area before returning the way they came. The waterfall is best viewed during monsoon season (July through August) because the almost daily storms will provide water for the spring. Other times of the year the waterfall merely drips, as the name implies.  

This is a great trail that provides scenic views of the mountains and the ability to learn about some of the area's history.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round



Well maintained trail. Scenic. Old mountain estate.


Busy. Seasonal waterfall.

Trailhead Elevation

5,836.00 ft (1,778.81 m)

Highest point

6,219.00 ft (1,895.55 m)


Family friendly
Historically significant

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Adventures

Organ Mountains Wilderness Area, New Mexico
Organ Mountains Wilderness Area, New Mexico


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