Spring Waterfall

Each spring, the runoff from the snow on the Brazos Cliffs creates New Mexico’s highest waterfall. The Brazos Falls are a spectacular site and are best viewed from Corkins Lodge.

Brazos Falls Details

Active Dates: the middle to late April  through the middle of May
The waterfall typically runs for 2-3 weeks. The waterfall start and stop dates are dependent on the snowpack and spring thaw.

Waterfall Access: There are no hiking or jeep trails to the foot of the falls. The grounds at Corkins Lodge are reserved for guests only and are not open to the public.

Waterfall Height: 2,400-feet with a 1,300-foot vertical drop

Elevation: 8,700 – 10,000 feet

Brazos waterfall flowing down the cliff with Corkins cabin in the forground.
Man sitting on a bench in the foreground next to the fishing pond with the Brazos Cliffs and Waterfall in the background
Brazos Falls waterfall flowing down steep cliffs
Woman in the foreground looking passt trees at the Brazos Falls waterfall and the cliffs

Brazos Falls

The Brazos Falls waterfall is seasonal and only active in the springtime for a few weeks from April-May. The waterfall timing is entirely dependent on the amount of snowpack on the upper cliffs and when the spring thaw begins to melt that snow.

New Mexico’s Highest Waterfall

It’s hard to describe the majesty of experiencing thousands of gallons of water dropping vertically for 1,300 feet. The rushing sound of the waterfall mingles with the wind through the trees to create nature’s perfect white noise. The Brazos waterfall often creates beautiful rainbows when the mist of the rushing water is kissed by the sun.

The Brazos Falls are a horsetail chute fall meaning the descending water maintains contact with the bedrock, and then a large quantity of water is forced through a narrow vertical passage.

Steep waterfall flowing down rock cliffs
Bench near a fishing pond with trees, cliffs and waterfall in the background

Private Waterfall Viewing Available

The Brazos Falls feed the Rio Brazos river that flows through the Corkins Lodge grounds and has some of the best fishing in the state. The giant waterfall also creates spectacular smaller waterfalls you can access through hiking on the grounds on 1,600 acres of Corkins private land.

The Brazos Falls are also known as the “Brazos Box Falls” and “El Chorro Falls,” meaning “The Jet.”


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Brazos waterfall flowing down the cliff with Corkins cabin in the forground.

what a find – wished we booked more time

Spent 2 nights here wished we stayed at least 2 more. My husband and I love cabins and this was one of the nicest we every stayed in. Could not believe how quiet and peaceful and how dark. It was off season and only a few people were there I am sure it gets very busy in the summer. The waterfall was beautiful off the cliffs and our cabin had a great view. We hiked the box and it was a great accomplishment as my husband had both knees replace less than 2 years ago. The chipmunks were VERY friendly make sure you keep you door closed. Can’t wait to come back

-Martha C.