Bluff Springs- Southeast NM’s hidden gem


The heavy summer rains brought a riot of color to Lincoln National Forest; the wildflowers are out in full force and enchant those with wanderlust roaming the woods near Cloudcroft and Ruidoso. If you haven’t taken a trip up the mountain yet this year, now is the time to do so. Heartleaf arnica, wild strawberry, fireweed, lupine, thistle, and many more fill the mountain meadows. 

If you’re in search of a scenic place to take a drive or a short hike to appreciate the colorful mountain palette, consider making the Bluff Springs waterfall your destination. The drive to Bluff Springs, click here for driving directions on the USDA Forest Service Website, follows a long mountain meadow packed with heartleaf arnica.The arnica’s yellow blooms are a profusion of joy!

The Bluff springs waterfall is a developed area near a picnic and campground site. The falls drop around 50 feet into a shallow rill, and is an ideal spot for a family outing or an outing with friends.    

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