New Mexico June 03, 2017
If You Didn’t Know About These 7 Swimming Holes In New Mexico, You’ve Been Missing Out
Summer’s almost here and you’re probably anticipating slipping into the clear waters of New Mexico’s lakes and rivers. We’ve already featured
7 great New Mexico swimming holes, but why stop there? Here are 7 more great spots to take a dip in the Land of Enchantment.
1. Caballo Lake State Park (Caballo)
Caballo Lake is often overshadowed by nearby Elephant Butte Lake. Although Caballo’s smaller, it doesn’t attract the same number of crowds, which allows you to swim or try any other water activity in relative peace. This state park is located on Highway 187 in Caballo.
2. Farmington Lake (Farmington)
This year, The Beach at Farmington Lake is bigger and you’ll find more inflatable play equipment available. Splashing around in the water here is great because motorized boats aren’t allowed on Lake Farmington so the waters are calmer for swimming.
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3. Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area (Carlsbad)
Enjoy a dip in the clear waters of the Pecos River, at the designated swimming area inside this recreation area. The setting is pretty and this park is nicely set up for all types of summer fun. Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area is located at Riverside Drive and Park Drive in Carlsbad.
4. Navajo Lake State Park (Navajo Dam)
The second largest reservoir in the state (after Elephant Butte) is well worth a visit. Although there’s no official swimming area, the lake is huge at 15,000 acres so there’s no shortage of options for swimmers. You can even go scuba diving here! This lake is located off Highway 511 (or Highway 539) in Navajo Dam.
5. Park Lake (Santa Rosa)
Park Lake offers a wealth of water activities, including swimming. There’s even an inflatable water park, called a Wibit! You’ll find Park Lake on Blue Hole Road in Santa Rosa.
6. Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (Cochiti)
Although Cochiti Lake has a good reputation among windsurfers, it’s also a great place to take a dip. There’s a designated swimming beach, at this no-wake lake, which is usually well-maintained. Cochiti Lake is on Cochiti Lake Road in Peña Blanca.
7. Ute Lake State Park (Logan)
This reservoir on the Canadian River is a popular swimming spot. At almost 13-miles long, there is plenty of room for all manner of water activities. Many New Mexico lakes lack shade and Ute Lake is no exception, so bring some type of sun shade with you. This state park is located at 1800 540 Loop in Logan.
Where do you go to cool off when the temperature rises?