New Mexico July 01, 2016
6 Little Known Beaches in New Mexico That’ll Make Your Summer Unforgettable
Most people who’ve never visited the Land of Enchantment believe our whole state resembles the Tucson area of Arizona. It’s a little known fact that New Mexico has water, never mind beaches. Admittedly, we don’t have many, but it is possible to find sand in New Mexico.
1. Elephant Butte Reservoir, Elephant Butte
This beach is no secret but it is by far the best in New Mexico. Our biggest state park is blessed with plenty of soft sand. This area can be quite exposed, so be sure to bring an umbrella or other form of shade.
2. Lea Lake, near Roswell
Lea Lake in Bottomless Lakes State Park has a swath of sandy beach that makes a great spot for a picnic.
3. Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, Carlsbad
The swimming beach along this portion of the Pecos River opens between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It's in the middle of Carlsbad and is the perfect spot to spend a hot summer day.
4. Cochiti Lake, Cochiti
Cochiti Lake Recreation Area offers a family-friendly swimming beach, complete with picnic tables. Although the Army Corps of Engineers operates this site, it’s located on land belonging to the Pueblo of Cochiti so tribal laws and rules must be followed.
5. Tingley Beach, Albuquerque
Tingley Beach’s big selling point is its Albuquerque location. You don’t need to leave the city to enjoy this recreation area. Although “beach” is in the name, we know this is a bit of a stretch. But this waterfront park is great for picnicking, waterfowl watching, fishing, or renting a paddleboat.
6. White Sands National Monument, near Alamogordo
Okay, a beach is supposed to refer to sand that is water-adjacent, but it's still worth pointing out that New Mexico has White Sands National Monument. Here you can explore endless fields of dunes. Near sunset, when the sand is cooler, it's a beautiful summer playground.
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