Sitting Bull Falls and Spring

Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220

Sitting Bull Falls and Spring

Sitting Bull Falls and Spring Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike to a large waterfall and one of the few flowing streams in the Guadalupe Mountains.

Depending on rainfall, you may drive across the running stream a couple of times before you reach the parking lot for the start of this hike. A large developed picnic area, with restrooms and running water, flanks the parking area. Some of the old buildings were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The area is very popular and crowded on summer and holiday weekends. Try to visit on weekdays, ideally before Memorial Day or after Labor Day."

Sitting Bull Falls and Spring Reviews

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3/7/2010
We did this hike the day after we did Guadalupe Peak. Lots of great scenery along the trail. One of the neatest things we did was have lunch in the grotto which is about 30 minutes away from the falls.
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Trail Information

Carlsbad
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
0.5-2.5
Distance
350 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
All year; entrance gate open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Season
4,660 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,000 feet
Top Elevation
Views, Waterfalls
Features
Lincoln National Forest, 5203 Buena Vista Dr., Carlsbad, NM 88220; (575) 885-4181
Local Contacts
Lincoln National Forest–Guadalupe District; Red Bluff Draw and Queen 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

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Oct 2018