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Day Road Trip – Sitting Bull Falls

I love to travel. My mother tells me I’m only happy when I have four wheels rolling underneath me. She thinks I go too much, but I’m always looking forward to my next road trip. I even have the t-shirt to prove it.

I like nothing better than a spontaneous road trip! While the temperatures were pretty warm for February, it was a little too cool and breezy for golf. So,what do two adventure seekers do? We travel the two hour drive to Sitting Bull Falls. I had never been to the Falls, but KenDon has told me many stories about it (not all he would want me to repeat).

The Falls are about 30 miles from Carlsbad. The last 10 miles or so are pretty curvy, so it takes a little time to get there, but the drive is pretty cool.


You would never suspect to find this little oasis in the middle of the desert. I had no idea what to expect, but there were actually several small waterfalls. We’ve had a  pretty dry winter, so it wasn’t Niagara Falls by any stretch, but it was very pretty.

One strange thing happened as we made our way into the canyons traveling to the Falls. We experienced about a 25-degree temperature swing from leaving Carlsbad to the arriving at the Falls. All we had were light jackets, but the sun was shining and it was fine.

Obviously, no one was venturing into the water the day we were there, but apparently during the summer people do get in the water.

The walk from the parking lot to the actual Falls is short and easy (quick walk around the corner really). However, it was a nice day and we decided to hike up to the top of the Falls. It was a pretty good climb, but it was worth it!

There are several crystal-clear pools and smaller water falls on top of the Falls.

If you are ever near Carlsbad, NM I would absolutely recommend taking the time to visit Sitting Bull Falls.