El Salto (Spanish… The Jump or leap)

150 foot high El Salto Falls #5 – glows in the evening sun


9 falls in all


 El Salto #1               El Salto#2               El Salto#3

El Salto Falls #1 is most downstream… 50’ high                          #2 is about 150 feet high                                                             #3 falls about 80 feet in consecutive cascades.


 El Salto#4                      El Salto#5                        El Salto#6

#4drops about100 ’with the bottom 40’ sheer                                  #5 is about 150 feet high                                                                             #6 drops about 40 feet


 El Salto#7                                                                          El Salto#9

#7 descends over 100’ in 5 separate drops                     #8 photo is unavailable                                                                         #9 falls 30 feet in 2 parts



beta facts:

name- El Salto Falls

height- The highest is #2 and #5 at about 150’

elevation- ±9000’

GPS coordinates- ±36°32.000’N 105°32.100’W

flow- perennial spring flow

season- anytime but you might need snowshoes in the winter.

accommodations- none

ownership- private land

access- 100-yard hike to the first falls from the end of the dirt road where you park.

nearest town- Arroyo Seco is a couple miles southwest of here.

fun fact- These are very high and beautiful waterfalls.



essay bro:


El Salto Creek above Arroyo Seco, NM about 7 miles north of Taos, owns as grand of a collection of waterfalls as you will find anywhere in New Mexico.  All nine falls are on private land.  Permits to visit cost $5 per person and are convenient to obtain at a pay bow near the trail-head parking.  Stop and PAY.  These folks own a piece of beautiful New Mexico and they are kind enough to share it with us.  Pay the small fee, obey their rules, DO NOT TRASH THE PLACE and enjoy the falls.


I had always heard that there were seven falls… but I found nine… and who knows, maybe you will find more.


A nice, obvious but unmarked trail leads about a hundred yards from where you park to the first falls.  The hearty sort can scramble their way up to the left of these falls… from there… ah… er… you are kind of on your own.  This is a special place… a shining jewel in the Taos area’s crown.  Cliff climbing is NOT ALLOWED so if you do climb, it is your own risk…!!!


Enhanced USGS 7.5’ topo map

one mile = approximately2.5 inches



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