Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area
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|
|Restrictions:||Day-use only. No overnight camping permitted.|
|Closest Towns:||Carlsbad, NM|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
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
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
PicnickingGuadalupe Ranger District picnic area.
|Fee charged for some activities:||Day-use fee|