New Mexico day trip: Explore an abandoned sanatorium and hotel on the Dripping Springs Trail

Built in the 1870’s, Van Patten’s Camp was more than a camp. It was once a picturesque resort that had 32 guest rooms, each with beautiful murals adorning the walls. The dining room featured a piano for entertainment and an outdoor garden and gazebo were also part of the property. Pancho Villa, Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett were known to have been guests here. Because of its remote location, it hosted one of the first field to fork restaurants in the territory by producing most of the meat, vegetables and eggs on site. You will also find the remains of Boyd's Sanatorium, a treatment center for those suffering from tuberculosis in the early 1900's. Legend has it that horrible experiments were performed on patients and their ghosts continue to haunt the area. NOTES: Follow the Dripping Springs Trail for 1.5 miles; a fairly easy hike on a gravel trail. There is a $5 entry fee for the trail area and dogs are not allowed on this hike. 32.3237704, -106.5730208 (GPS)

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