Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sitting Bull Falls - view of rec site from above

The Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is a rare gem in the hot desert, this oasis offers cool pools of water and the awesome Sitting Bull Falls. Day-use area only. Pavilions, picnic tables, water, and restrooms provided. Access to many trails can be found from this site.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open and available for use. Day-use only. 
Operational Hours: Day-use only
Area Amenities: Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $5 per vehicle per day
Open Season: year-long - year-long
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Day-use only
Closest Towns: Carlsbad, NM
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From US285 north of Carlsbad, turn west onto NM137. Continue on NM137 for about 20 miles until you find County Road 409. Turn right on this road and continue. The Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Site is at the end of this road

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Toilets Yes
Accessible Yes
Picnic tables Yes
Parking Yes
Fee charged for some activities Day-use fee
Drinking water Yes