“boasting excellent wildlife viewing opportunities”
The Dripping Springs Natural Area has over four miles of easy hiking trails, including the Dripping Springs Trail, which shows off desert scrub and low elevation pinon-juniper and oak woodlands. The area also boasts excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, including excellent year-round viewing of red-tailed hawk, Gambel’s quail, golden eagle and rock squirrel. It offers very good year-round viewing of desert mule deer and coyote. Also watch for black-throated sparrow, ladder-backed woodpecker, verdin, black-tailed gnatcatcher, lesser nighthawk, Scott’s oriole, cactus wren, desert cottontail, and collared and tree lizard in the spring and summer. Finally, there are occasional sightings of mountain lion.
There's a visitor center on-site, and it's $5 per vehicle to access Dripping Springs Natural Area. It's 10 miles east of Las Cruces, there are picnic areas, but no overnight camping is allowed and pets aren't allowed on the hiking trails.
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Dripping Springs Natural Area
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