What to do in Bottomless Lakes State Park

In 1933 the bottomless lakes area was set aside as New Mexico's first state park. Lea Lake is the deepest at 90 feet and is the only lake where swimming is allowed. During summer, visitors can rent paddleboats for a small fee. Devil's Inkwell is 32 ft. deep and is named for its steep sides and dark water, the result of algae growth. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout in winter. Lazy Lagoon is surrounded by treacherous and odorous mud flats, making in inaccessible for recreation but a great place to view waterfowl that are often present.

Park amenities include a visitor center, group picnic shelter, and a playground. Also available are 70 developed camping sites, 32 with electric hookups, RV dump station, showers, and restrooms.

The lakes' greenish-blue color creates the illusion that the lakes are bottomless, but they range in depth from 17 ft. to 90 ft. The park is located at an elevation of 3,500 ft and covers 1,400 acres of land.

The area is famous for "Pecos Diamonds" which are actually quartz crystals formed inside the gypsum in the soil. The soft gypsum sometimes crumbles away, exposing the "diamonds".

In the 1800's the lakes were a stopover for cowboys herding their cattle through the New Mexico Territory on the Goodnight Trail.

Recreational opportunities at Bottomless Lakes include camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, sailing, and wildlife viewing. The Park also has a trail system open to hiking and site seeing.

Bottomless Lake State Park is located in the south east region of the state, just south east of Roswell, NM.

To get there, take Highway 380 east 12 miles, then turn south on New Mexico Highway 409.

Summer temperatures range from lows around 68 to highs around 92. Winter temps range from lows of 29 to highs around 56. Annual precipitation 12.2 in.

HC 12, Box 1200
Roswell, NM 88201

Phone: 505-624-6056

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