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Bottomless Lakes State Park, Roswell

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 220+ 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 happened to camp here in order to easily visit Roswell. Great park! Beautiful rock structures, easy to access, level sites, clean, clean bathrooms, affordable. Dogs do have to watch for painful coc...  read more »
  • Nice campground with a good swimming area. I expected the day use bathrooms to be cleaner due to the off season. The CG showers were a bit grungy but the water was hot. The prices are very reasonable ...  read more »
  • We had high hopes for this state park and planned to stay for a week with our RV but as soon as we pulled in we were overcome by Flies like we never have been before - and that's saying something when...  read more »
  • 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!!!
  • 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!! 👍👍
  • Umm... this place was awesome. There could've been more accommodations but it would probably detract from the charm. We just played in Lea Lake for a couple hours. Really enjoyed the freaky deep water and the shallows were fun to snorkel. Pretty water, pretty rocks. The ranger was armed to the teeth, "to be prepared for anything," so I felt very safe. Water's a touch cold but it eventually felt great. Next time I'd love to take one of their paddle boats out with the kids.
  • We stopped here to investigate the Bottomless lakes on our way back from vacation, and the water looked so inviting we had to stop and swim. Way out in the middle of nowhere this oasis of crystal clear water is quite a sight. The water is so clear you can see little fish swimming next to your feet (they are harmless little guys). The water to my amazement is salty, not as salty as the ocean, but salty enough to notice. There was a life gaurd out until 6, then the park Ranger informed they were off duty and swim at your own risk, the beachy area had plenty of shallow water to keep my little ones safe though so we stayed longer than we intended to. There are shaded benches and a playground as well. It is in the middle of an arid dessert so sunblock is a must. Glad we stopped to check it out, now we have some great memories as souvenirs.
  • Interesting spot... feels like you're driving into nowhere before the road opens up above these lakes. Took a spot right next to the camp host, a friendly and helpful guy. There's a nice groomed beach area with paddle boat rentals and such. Lots of kids there, with what seemed to be a fair number of local residents as well.
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