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The City of Natural Lakes? Guess Again…

Posted by Jody on February 17, 2012

…unless you answered Santa Rosa, New Mexico!  Yes, Santa Rosa, New Mexico, with twelve spring-fed lakes in the local area, is indeed known as the City of Natural Lakes.  Located on Interstate 40 between Amarillo, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, there are plenty of activities for water lovers in and around this little Northeast New Mexico community.

Park Lake, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Believe it or not, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing, and even scuba diving are all popular sports in these parts.  Although swimming is allowed at Blue Hole, Perch Lake, and Santa Rosa Lake (not spring- fed), what we really want is a beach!  That’s exactly what we’ll find at the “Southwest’s largest swimming pool.” Spring-fed Park Lake, conveniently located right off the interstate (exit 275), is the place. Featuring a 32 foot water slide, the beach at Park Lake is fun, free and family friendly.

Park Lake offers summertime fun in the sun with rental pedal boats, walking paths, picnic tables and a lovely playground for the kiddies.  Not stopping in Santa Rosa for the night?  Well, just pull over and surprise the family with an opportunity to relax and enjoy this lovely beach park (they’ll never see it coming)! You’ll be glad you did. Here’s a chance to run, splash, swim, picnic and play before you hop back in the car for that long drive through the beautiful Desert Southwest.

Park Lake in February, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Greg and I visited Park Lake in February. The water level is down for the winter months, but I was told that the level would be back up to swimming capacity near the 1st of June.  Lifeguards are on duty then, too.

Santa Rosa, the City of Natural LakesWho knew?

Scuba Diving at Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The famous Blue Hole is a short walk from Park Lake.

Perch Lake in February, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Tranquil Perch Lake is a short drive from Park Lake.

Have a great day at the beach! ~ Hasta luego. ~

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