Bluff Springs

Cloudcroft, New Mexico 88350

Bluff Springs

Bluff Springs Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A day hike along abandoned grades of the historic Cloudcroft logging railroad.

From the parking lot, cross the footbridge over the Rio Peñasco to the railroad grade on the south riverbank. The waterfall above you has formed impressive travertine deposits from calcium carbonate dissolved in the water. The main trail climbs the bluff to the top of the waterfall and the spring’s source about 0.3 mile away. Be sure to take time to climb up the trail. Obtain and purify water here if you need it. The area around the waterfall is very popular in summer."

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9/23/2007
very nice trail for the summer and imagine it would be nice to snow shoe in the winter. stands of aspines can be seen along the route. elk and hunters can be seen as well in the fall. good stretch of uphill about 1/2 way but easily accessable for the entire family. take a dog and a camera.
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6/23/2007
This trip was pretty good. The water fall was awesome. I took the advise of the author and checked out the source. I have never seen a natural spring, so that was pretty cool. The hike was easy because they have made the trail available to ATVs. However, the ATVs have made the route full of lose rocks, so be careful not to turn an ankle. I never found trail 9277, so I made it all the way to trail 5008. The trail is mostly shaded by trees, so the heat does not get to you. There are a couple of scenic moments when you get to clearings. All and all it was a very relaxing hike.
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Trail Information

Cloudcroft
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
5
Distance
880 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2–3 hours
Duration
May through Nov, depending on snow
Season
8,060 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,950 feet
Top Elevation
ATV/OHV
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Features
Lincoln National Forest, PO Box 288, Cloudcroft, NM 88317; (575) 682-2551
Local Contacts
Lincoln National Forest; Bluff Springs and Sacramento Peak 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018