Last updated: April 8, 2021
This desert oasis features a series of spring-fed waterfalls that fall 150 feet (45.7 m) to a large pool of water below. There is an ADA accessible path to the falls viewing area a short distance from the parking lot, along with several hiking trails. Sheltered picnic sites with tables and grills are available, along with fresh water, trash cans, and restrooms.
Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is 42 miles (67.6 km) west of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and can be reached via two routes. From north of Carlsbad, take Highway 137 from US 285, and then follow Forest Road 276. From south of Carlsbad, take Dark Canyon Road/County Road 408 from US 62/180, and then follow Forest Road 276.
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