Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

 

Boyd's Sanatorium and Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks National Monument

 

If you live in Las Cruces, New Mexico, you surely know the Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks National Monument. Yet I'm surprised how many people - even those who hike the trail - are not familiar with two of the abandoned places you  find there on the way to Dripping Springs.

 

Major Eugene Van Patten, a Confederate soldier, built his Mountain Camp (aka Dripping Springs Resort) sometime after 1872. The two-story, 14-room hotel included dining and other recreational facilities. After experiencing financial troubles, he sold the resort to Dr. Nathan Boyd in 1917.

 

Dr. Boyd constructed the nearby sanatorium in 1910. For a brief time, it housed tuberculosis patients until Dr. Boyd, too, experienced financial difficulties. All structures are now ghost towns, abandoned structures with only passersby to notice them - often with a certain chill.

 

The easy, 1.5 mile hike provides not only the Dripping Springs as a destination, and the abandoned buildings en route, but many beautiful views and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

 

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

 

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

 

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

 

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

 

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

 

Boyd's Sanatorium

 

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

 

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

 

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

 

 

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Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

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Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

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Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

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Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

Bryan Lindenberger
Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

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Bryan Lindenberger
Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

Bryan Lindenberger
Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Bryan Lindenberger
Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

Bryan Lindenberger
Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

Bryan Lindenberger
Boyd's Sanatorium, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains Welcome Center, Las Cruces

Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs

Van Patten's Mountain Camp, Dripping Springs Trail

View of Las Cruces from the Organ Mountains

Boyd's Sanatorium

Iniside Boyd's Sanatorium

Boyd's Sanatorium, Dripping Springs Trail, Las Cruces

View of Las Cruces from Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images