What to do in Leasburg Dam State Park

A quiet desert oasis, this state park provides peace and relaxation, beautiful cactus gardens, several short trails, and opportunities for fishing and canoeing in the Rio Grande.

Leasburg Dam sits at an elevation of 4,200 feet and is comprised of 140 acres of land. The dam channels water from the Rio Grande for irrigation in the Mesilla Valley. Nearby Fort Selden State Monument has a museum and trails at the site of a 19th century army outpost.

The park has a visitor center, attractive picnic and camping facilities on both sides of the Rio Grande, a modern restroom, showers, and a playground that will delight the young at heart.

Special events at the park include "Sky Safaris" held a few times a year, local astronomers lead star gazing sessions. There are petroglyph tours to area archeological sites are held each October.

Leasburg Dam, constructed in 1908 is one of the oldest diversion dams in the state and canal system irrigates extensive farmlands as far south as Las Cruces.

Recreation
Leasburg Dam State Park offers fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Trails in the park offer hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Location
Leasburg Dam State Park is located in the south west region of the state. It is north of Las Cruces, NM off of I-25.

Climate
Annual precipitation is 9.36 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 64 to highs around 94. Winter temps range from lows of 29 degrees to highs around 59.

Address
P.O. Box 6
Radium Springs, NM 88054

Phone: 505-524-4068

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