Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area


Area Status: Open
sitting bull falls

A desert oasis. Sitting Bull Falls is about an hour outside of Carlsbad, NM and it open 7 days a week. Pack a picnic for one of our historic picnic shelters. Then take a dip at the waterfall or hike one of the many trails in the area. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Cash only. Come early and expect a crowd. This place gets busy, especially in the summer! This is a day-use site only. Sorry no camping. Please bring extra drinking water. The best time of year to visit is spring and fall.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day-use only. Open 7 days a week. Incoming gate opens at 8:30am and closes to in-coming traffic at 4:00 pm daily.  All visitors must leave by 5 pm when the outgoing gate closes. 
Area Amenities: Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $5 per vehicle per day
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Day-use only. No overnight camping permitted. 
Closest Towns: Carlsbad, NM
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

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


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Day Hiking

Backpacking

Picnicking

Guadalupe Ranger District picnic area.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Amenities

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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
32.245283

  Longitude : 
-104.696627

  Elevation : 
5000