Sitting Bull Falls and Last Chance Canyon Areas Reopen

Carlsbad, NM (August 27, 2012) – Sitting Bull Falls and Last Chance Canyons, as well as areas surrounding Sitting Bull Falls Day Use Area, are now open for public use. These portions of the Guadalupe Ranger District were closed to allow revegetation after the 2011 Last Chance Fire.  Forest Trails now open for hiking include:

  • Sitting Bull Falls (T 68)
  • Sitting Bull Falls Shortcut (T 68A)
  • Gilson Spring (T 212)
  • CCC (T 214)
  • Overlook (T 215)
  • White Oaks (T 217)
  • Last Chance Canyon (T 226)

“We appreciate the tremendous amount of volunteer support we received in facility rehabilitation, trail maintenance, and planting vegetation in canyons and in the Sitting Bull Falls Day Use Area,” said Guadalupe District Ranger Jim Gumm.  “I am also extremely proud of the work done by our Guadalupe District employees to rehabilitate these areas. Several individuals went above and beyond the call of duty to get these areas open to the public.”

As rehabilitation efforts continue, visitors should pay particular attention to current and forecasted weather conditions when planning an outing into these areas. The potential for flash flooding is still well above normal in both Sitting Bull Falls and Last Chance Canyons.

For additional information, please visit our website,, the Guadalupe Ranger District Office at 114 S. Halagueno in Carlsbad, 575-885-4181, or the Supervisor’s Office at 3463 Las Palomas in Alamogordo, 575-434-7200.

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