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Bottomless Lakes State Park, Roswell

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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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  • I wish I had gone when it was a little cooler but I enjoyed walking the trail. Dog friendly. The main lake had lots of tables and shaded picnic tables. Water available at at least one of the smaller w...  more »
  • Unfortunately the rentals for the paddle boats closes at 3:30 daily:(. The attendant was very apologetic and kind though. Beautiful place.  more »
  • “Great photo opts” When we were waiting for our rental car at the Roswell airport, we noticed an for this state park. We were very glad to have seen both the ad and then the park. Nestled within the p...  more »
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  • The "beach" is a great place to spend the day. There's covered areas with tables so you can sit in the shade and/or eat (you bring your own grill). They sell ice, but it's $5.99/5lbs, so be sure to have your own. They rent pedal boats, paddle boards, and life jackets by the hour. The only thing I didn't like was passing the dry lakes and smelling dead fish on the road in.
  • Great scenic views. There are some Camping Sites that are concealed if you like to deprive your self from being 20 feet away from the next site. I swam in the largest lake it took me 15 minutes to get across to the diving zone. The other lakes look great but are creepy I didn't swim on those. I left two turtles I found stranded in the trails there. I wonder if there alive.
  • Fantastic state park with swimming and camping. I was impressed with the facilities and the quality of the experience. The park is not huge but driving will be needed to see all of the lakes. Great place to take young children to play on a beach or grab your snorkeling gear and take a dive!
  • An incredible Oasis in the desert. *Caution* If you go in the summer, bring enough food and water because there are only a couple of soda machines and that's it. Roswell area gets 100+ degrees. Other than a bit of pre-planning, it is a wonderful place to go swim.
  • This is the most dirty state park I've been to. There is trash everywhere. The lakes were cool and camping situations were nice but the trash was a big downer.