Yesterday we went for a nice 3.5 mile hike in the Dripping Springs Natural Area, BLM land 10 miles east of downtown Las Cruces on the western edge of the Organ Mountains.
It was breezy and not quite as hot as it was in town, since we were at an elevation over 5000’. There were lots of wildflowers.
And nice views of town as we made the gentle climb up to a small waterfall. Also some interesting rock formations.
This area was a former silver and lead mine during the mid 1800s to early 1900s.
There is also another 1.5 mile trail to the dripping springs, that still has remains of a late 1800s resort turned sanatorium. Jim and I hiked that trail when we were here before so we wanted to do a different one this time. In fact it was on that trail on New Years Eve 2008 that we got a call from our realtor telling us the closing was finished and we were homeless!
Plus we always like waterfalls, even when they are just a small trickle.
It was a good day. This is for you, Pat (Debbie’s mom), a picture of Debbie and me at our shady lunch spot by the falls.