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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  • We arrived at Bottomless Lakes State Park Near Roswell New Mexico. Wonderful large sites and beautiful park, only $14.00 a night including electricity, water and free wifi.  more »
  • We just took a trip out to see what the area looked like. It was quite a way out from town and many would think not worth the trip "just to take a look." If you go there to stay in an RV for a couple ...  more »
  • These sinkholes-turned-lakes are very interesting. Easy hiking is allowed next to and around the lakes to give you a beautiful view .  more »
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  • Stayed here for one night in an RV. This location is very remote which was great for what we were looking for. It had a beautiful natural atmosphere. We checked in late in the night and the Site Host came out to greet us and assist. He was very helpful. I would recommend this location if you are looking to get out into nature!
  • Neat park! The geology and wildlife, including a wetland is crazy. Great interpretive signs and little walks. Can see how summer season would be really fun lakeside. Water is really clear. Camping for RVs have electric and water, 6 sites with sewer hook-ups too. Better check/get reservations if it's holidays or busy season.
  • I loved it. I am an all weather tent camper, and we reserved an electric/water site. The scenery is beautiful, the showers are close by, and the park host was very friendly to guests. I do recommend using cots for tent camping. The ground on the reserved sites is not level.
  • The best kept secret in the Roswell area. A beautiful, small park overlooking a large cenotes. The entire park is amazing with walking trails, swimming, play grounds, and covered picnic areas. The RV park is small but the views are fabulous. A great place to visit!
  • The views were really great, beautiful sunsets and night sky, despite the Roswell City lights. The man working the visitor's center was very helpful and friendly. However, beware of the stickers (goatheads) because the are EVERYWHERE. Wear thick-soled shoes!

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