New Mexico April 25, 2016
Here Are 7 New Mexico Swimming Holes That Will Make Your Summer Epic
New Mexico may have fewer square miles of surface water than any other state, but there are still numerous places to take a dip. From waterfalls to lakes and pools, here are seven great swimming holes where you can beat the heat this summer.
1. Sitting Bull Falls
Sitting Bull Falls is located in a beautiful part of the Lincoln National Forest, near Carlsbad. There are several natural pools you can cool off in, including one under the waterfall itself. Just watch out for slippery rocks.
2. Bottomless Lakes State Park
Close to Roswell, you’ll find Bottomless Lakes State Park where you can swim in sinkholes up to 90 feet deep. Motorized boats aren’t allowed, which makes swimming more enjoyable. For more fun on the water, you can also rent paddleboats or paddle boards.
3. The Blue Hole
The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa is not just for scuba divers; it’s also great for swimmers. The water is incredibly clear because it passes through the Blue Hole at a rate of 3000 gallons per minute, meaning that there is completely new water every six hours.
Leap from the rocks without fear of hitting the bottom – it’s 81 feet below the surface of the water.
4. Elephant Butte Lake State Park
As the largest state park in New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake is ideal for most watersports, including swimming. The water off the sandy beaches is shallow, so it’s definitely kid-friendly.
5. Cliff River Springs
While the mineral springs at Ojo Caliente are always worth a visit, fewer people know about nearby Cliff River Springs. This hotel consists of casitas situated on a family-owned ranch. The jade-colored pond makes a stay here worthwhile. It’s the perfect place for a swim.
6. Abiquiú Lake
This 4,000-acre lake is actually a reservoir, located near the town of Abiquiú. The red rocks surrounding this lake make for a memorable swimming experience.
7. The Jemez Falls Area
Above Jemez Falls lies a shallow pool that's a popular place take a dip. You can also continue on to McCauley Hot Springs from here. The temperature in those pools is usually warm rather than hot, so it's still enjoyable during the summer months.
Did we mention your favorite spot to take a dip? We know this is a partial list of New Mexico’s swimming holes. So tell us where you like to swim during the summer.