A log/fence enclosure is present around a seep area. A stock water trough is present and usually has water. None is available for humans unless you’re really thirsty. Filter it.
Location: 33.4809226989746, -105.836715698242
Argentina Spring is the first real chance for water. Another log/fence enclosure is present here as well. Just below it, there is a catch basin that usually has water. If not check the ¼ mile of Argentina Trail (#39) below the basin for more springs that are possibly flowing.
Good First Night Campsite
Location: 33.4501686096191, -105.851837158203
A logical choice for a first night’s camp is at the intersection with Barber Ridge Trail (#49). A large, level camping site is present here. A semi-reliable spring is present about 75 yards northeast of the camping site in the head of the draw that drains down into Lincoln Canyon. Again, great in wet seasons, possibly dry during drought. There’s just not much water on top.
Water: Bonito Seep
Location: 33.4291343688965, -105.842414855957
The next chance for water is Bonito Seep. The seep is located just past the sign marking the intersection with Big Bonito Trail (#36). It usually flows except during dry seasons.
Campsite on Ridge Above Ice Spring
Location: 33.4003524780273, -105.817649841309
A suggested second night’s camp is on the ridge above Ice Spring. This spring has excellent water and is actually the headwaters of the North Fork of Rio Ruidoso. At night, you can see the lights of Roswell 70 miles to the east. This location is over 11,000 feet in elevation. No water is present along the remainder of the trail, so fill up at Ice Spring.
Location: 33.3990478515625, -105.815216064453
No water is present along the remainder of the trail, so fill up at Ice Spring.