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Bottomless Lakes State Park, Roswell
(4.2/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Bottomless Lakes State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of New Mexico, located along the Pecos River, about 15mi southeast of Roswell. Established in 1933, it was the first state park in New Mexico. It takes its name from nine small, deep lakes located along the eastern escarpment of the Pecos River valley. The escarpment is an ancient limestone reef, similar to the limestone mountains around Carlsbad Caverns, 80mi to the south. Caves formed within the limestone, and as the Pecos River eroded the escarpment, the caves eventually collapsed, leaving behind several deep, almost circular lakes known as cenotes.LakesMost of the nine lakes are almost completely surrounded by cliffs, with the notable exceptions being Lea Lake and Lazy Lagoon. Lea Lake has a large, sandy shoreline on the western side and tall cliffs on the eastern side. The cliffs around Lazy Lagoon have been completely eroded away by the Pecos River, and the lake sits in a former channel of the river.Lazy Lagoon is the largest of the lakes, with a surface area of approximately 26.1acre. Although it is a single lake, it is made up of three separate sinkholes. The surface of the Lazy Lagoon is nearly level with the surrounding salt flats, which makes it look very shallow. Despite the name, the deepest of its three sinkholes is 90ft deep.
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  • We are working nearby at the NWR and decided to visit the state park in order to be better informed when we were visited by tourists at the refuge. We were so excited to see such a well run park with ...  more »
  • A bit disappointed with this park.. We did find an area with nice campsites and a small pond/lake with roped off area for swimming. When you rode up the hill above the campground and looked at it from...  more »
  • While driving toward Roswell, I saw a sign for this park and decided to take a detour based on the name of the park. I'm glad we did because it was an awesome sight. There are many sinkholes here that...  more »
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  • This park is very pretty. The lakes themselves make for some beautiful views and the campground is one of the most serene we've visited. We were quite pleasantly surprised by how great the showers were - roomy, clean, and no issue with warm water. We had no trouble finding a spot after hours. Our only two 'warnings' are that you cannot have a campfire on the ground and there were a large number of raccoons that came pretty close to us while we were outside our tent at night. We had NO issues with the raccoons and they walked away when we shined a flashlight towards them (did not get into our food or bother us in any way -- Just something to be aware of).
  • Absolutely loved this place. Took my kids camping for the first time ever and chose this spot. It was recommended by a friend for the Day use time of swimming but we decided to make it an adventure. Boys loved the water and so did our dogs. It is very well taken care of and there's always someone around when you need something. Highly recommend it and don't forget the sunscreen!!!
  • THERE ARE SHOWERS HERE at the rv area. The outlying campsites are reasonably priced. The people are very friendly. The local chupacabra population adopted my dog as their leader after a brief scuttle. Seems like a good place for weekend outings or campouts and it was a welcome respite from boondocking to have a faucet and a shower handy for a change. Covered picnic tables and bbq pits on a slab. Nearby there is a (removed) Nike missile base of which the footers can still be seen, for those of us who like that sort of thing and the area around it lends itself well to panoramic photography of the valley below.
  • This may be our favorite state park in NM. The Lea Lake camping area is beautiful and well-kept. There are so many recreational activities to enjoy and things to do in Roswell if you ever need a trip to town.
  • I absolutely love it here! I've gone several days in a row with no problems arising. It cost 5 dollars to get in but well worth it! The Rangers are really nice and informative especially Mike. He is the Ranger Supervisor for Bottomless Lakes State Park. Chris is another Ranger worth mentioning. He informed me that you can buy a year pass for $40.00. Would be five stars if the temporary life guards were professional about their job. When I was walking up the main pathway one day the lifeguard on duty was slouching in his chair to the point it appeared that he may have been sleeping.. Other than that definitely recommend!! 👍👍