Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dripping Springs Natural Area

Dripping Springs Natural Area is located at the base of the Organ Mountains, about 11 miles East of Las Cruces, NM.

As you travel East up University Avenue, the pavement will end and a gravel road will continue up towards the mountains, just keep going and it will terminate at the Dripping Springs Visitor Center.

Right before you reach the Center, you will see a rock formation on your left, called "La Cueva", meaning "The Cave", very interesting place to stop and investigate.

The Dripping Springs Natural Area is open year-round, from 8:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. April through September and 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. October through March.  There is a day use fee of $3.00 per vehicle and if you would like to reserve a picnic site, the cost is $25.00. The visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., 505-522-1210.

You will want to make a day of Dripping Springs, pack a picnic lunch, your hiking gear, don't forget water, and head for the mountains.  The scenery is beautiful and the view is spectacular. Hiking trails are well maintained and you'll see lots of wildlife and interesting vegetation. Many rare species of plants can only be found growing in the Organ Mountains. Springtime is a fantastic time to visit, the California Poppies are blooming, lots of other wildflowers dot the countryside and as the name suggests, you may see some dripping springs, especially if it has rained recently.

Bring your camera and show your friends what you did that day, they won't believe you were in the desert of New Mexico.

Going from the valley of Las Cruces to the Organ Mountains is like going to a whole different state, it's amazing how the climate can change in just a few miles.  Tired of the desert, go up to the Mountains!

New Mexico is definitely the Land of Enchantment!

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