If You Didn’t Know About These 7 Swimming Holes In New Mexico, You’ve Been Missing Out

Summer’s here and you’re probably dreaming of slipping into the clear waters of New Mexico’s lakes and rivers. We’ve already featured lots of wonderful New Mexico swimming holes, but why stop there? Here are seven more swimming holes in New Mexico perfect for a hot summer day:

Where do you go to cool off when the temperature rises? What are your favorite things to do during summertime in New Mexico? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Address: Navajo Lake State Park, 1448 NM-511 #1, Navajo Dam, NM 87419, USA
Address: The Beach At Farmington Lake, 8000 E Main St, Farmington, NM 87402, USA
Address: Lake Carlsbad, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
Address: Caballo Lake State Park, New Mexico 87931, USA
Address: Park Lake, Santa Rosa, NM 88435, USA
Address: Ute Lake State Park Road, Ute Lake State Pk Rd, Logan, NM 88426, USA
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Swimming Holes in New Mexico

May 15, 2022

Where are the best places to swim in New Mexico?  

New Mexico isn’t called “the Land of Enchantment” for no reason. It’s quite the opposite; it’s called that for LOTS of reasons. Some of our favorite places to swim in New Mexico include the stunningly beautiful Blue Hole, in Santa Rosa. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a seemingly bottomless, dark blue “hole” filled with crystal-clear water perfect for a summer splash. We also love several stunningly gorgeous lakes in New Mexico for swimming, like Abiquiu Lake, which might just be our favorite thanks to its stunning beauty. Santa Cruz Lake is another favorite.  

What are the best New Mexico swimming holes? 

It turns out, there are lots of places to go swimming in New Mexico that feel like something out of a fairy tale more than a lake in New Mexico! For example, Heron Lake is north of Santa Fe and nestled nearby the Colorado state line. It’s crisp, clear, cool, and absolutely perfect for a hot summer day. We also love hidden gems like Eagle Nest Lake and Lake Katherine. Oh, and did we mention that there are plenty hot springs in New Mexico just waiting for you to come to take a dip? It might be hot, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice dip in a hot – or warm – spring.  

What are the best places to swim in New Mexico? 

New Mexico might be located within a desert, but don’t let that cause you to discount it as a place for swimming. Some of the best places to swim in New Mexico are as obvious and accessible as our amazing state and National Parks, with 35 to choose from – many of which are home to lakes and/or rivers. Be sure to check local parks, too, and some city parks even offer swimming holes or pools for the whole family to enjoy. As long as you know where to look, you can find all kinds of amazing places to swim in New Mexico.   

Address: Navajo Lake State Park, 1448 NM-511 #1, Navajo Dam, NM 87419, USA
Address: The Beach At Farmington Lake, 8000 E Main St, Farmington, NM 87402, USA
Address: Lake Carlsbad, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
Address: Caballo Lake State Park, New Mexico 87931, USA
Address: Park Lake, Santa Rosa, NM 88435, USA
Address: Ute Lake State Park Road, Ute Lake State Pk Rd, Logan, NM 88426, USA