The Cleanest Lake In New Mexico Is Ideal For Your Next Summer Dip

Outdoor activities in the Land of Enchantment are always plentiful, and swimming is one of the best ways to cool down in the desert heat. While some may think that New Mexico doesn’t have lakes, let alone lakes to swim in, that’s simply untrue. Our Southwest state is home to plenty of beautiful lakes, but you might be quick to think that these lakes are full of murky waters. This lake in Los Ojos isn’t only one of the cleanest lakes in the state, it’s also a reservoir that’s fed by the Rio Grande so it’s constantly being flushed out. Besides swimming, there are so many activities at this lake found within a beautiful New Mexico state park. So whether you want to swim, fish, camp, or boat, consider a visit to this clean lake on your next trip.

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Have you ever swam in Heron Lake? Was the water clear as day? We’d love to hear all about your outdoor experiences in the comments, and don’t forget to then go share photos from your adventures with us in our New Mexico Nature Lovers Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram by tagging #onlyinnewmexico for a chance to be featured.

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