Falls Creek Falls
This is the bottom 100’ of Upper Falls Creek Falls This is the top 100’ of Upper Falls Creek Falls
Falls Creek Mountain 10,274’ is one of my favorite mountains in New Mexico. It is solid pink Granite and gives birth to three waterfalls
over 100 feet high: Lower Falls Creek Falls 120’, Upper Falls Creek Falls 200’ and then on it’s west slope is Brazel Falls 300’. This photo is
of it’s east face. The granite outcroppings in the lower left is where Falls Creek Falls are.
From the road into Falls Creek Falls you will enjoy some splendid views of Hermit Peak 10.247’… I call him “Big Hermie”.
name- Falls Creek Falls …Upper and Lower
height- Upper is about 200’ and Lower is about 120’
GPS coordinates- ±35°37.030’N 105°29.000’W
flow- perennial …and we did see a small trout below the lower falls.
season- spring is best but the photos above were taken in the summer.
accommodations- no trespassing…!!!!
ownership- Santa Fe National Forest
access- Our route outlined in red on the map below was about 3 miles one way.
nearest town- Las Vagas is about 18 miles east of here.
fun fact- This is truly a great New Mexico treasure.
Hunt and peck… Man it is hard to find a legal way into these waterfalls. We did find a small two-track road that is a driveway… that is not posted with no trespassing signs. This place is shown on the map below off of county road A-16C. 3 signs on a tree mark this road: NO HUNTING… NIEBORHOOD WATCH… and a small red place number sign that I think said 702… a… er…. Good luck. We parked about 150 feet off of the county road next to a locked gate that was not posted… and we left a note with our names, phone numbers and addresses on the dashboard of our car. We also displayed our New Mexico State Land Recreation Permit. we bushwhacked into the falls thru the woods and not on any roads. Your topo reading skills will have to be quite good.
Also approaching these falls from the east you will have to have a permit from the State of New Mexico to cross the section of State Trust Land. For details about this permit please see: http://www.nmstatelands.org/Recreational_Access.aspx
Actually Falls Creek Falls can be accessed totally on forest service land from the south – Barillas Peak Lookout, and from the southwest – Apache Canyon and from the west - Brazel Park… check your Santa Fe National Forest map. These routes are long, steep and hard with no trail.
See also nearby: Brazel Falls west of here about 3 miles.
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