Dripping Springs Natural Area
While visiting Texas one weekend, Pete and I decided to make a trip to New Mexico to explore an area just outside of Las Cruces.
Dripping Springs Natural Area, a part of the Organ Mountains. This area was interesting because it’s quite a bit outside of Las Cruces and was a resort area used by many in the late 1800′s. Guests were taken up to the resort, high in the mountains above Las Cruces, via horse and buggy. The resort was built by Eugene Van Patten, and frequented by regional celebrities like Pancho Villa.
The resort fell on hard times when World War I began, and the resort was sold to Dr. Nathan Boyd, who turned it into a tuberculosis sanitarium. The sanitarium did pretty well for several decades, but had fallen into disrepair by the 1950′s. Although the buildings were looted by scavengers, the structures are still standing to this day and are quite impressive to explore.
The Dripping Springs Trail is several miles long, and it was fun to imagine what it would have been like to visit the resort during its heyday. This was a surprisingly great find in the middle of the desert.
Image credits: Jet Set With Mary