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Posts Tagged ‘Roswell New Mexico beach’

Little Green Men and Small Blue Lakes

Posted by Jody on August 10, 2012

International UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell, New Mexico.

Click on the street lamp (holding the American flag) to zoom in on the alien! You may want to click again for a real close-up encounter.

Top Secret

Are you heading to Roswell, New Mexico?  If you are, you probably know that when folks head to Roswell, they are often in search of an out-of-this-world experience.  Little green men abound in this thriving city tucked into in the southeastern quarter of the Land of Enchantment. Yep, flying saucers and extra-terrestrial beings are right at home in the high plains of New Mexico. From Roswell’s International UFO Museum & Research Center to its fast food restaurants, from the town’s artfully decorated storefronts to its painted street lamps, intergalactic sightings are the norm in this otherwise (seemingly) typical “All American City.”

You know what would really seem alien in these parts?  A beach!

Lea Lake from the Bluffs, Bottomless Lakes State Park

About fifteen miles southeast of the city of Roswell, you might not find a cover-up, but you may need one (for your bathing suit, that is). Tucked away at an elevation of 3500 feet, you’ll discover 1400 acres of ranch land, salt flats, and stunning red bluffs adorned with seven small green-blue lakes. This is Bottomless Lakes, New Mexico’s first state park.

Lea Lake, Bottomless Lakes State Park, New Mexico

Lea Lake is the only lake in Bottomless Lakes State Park where swimming is allowed. Families love this spot! Greg and I recently stopped by to cool off and enjoy a picnic supper on our way from Albuquerque to Carlsbad, New Mexico. We had an absolute blast here, swimming in the fresh, clean water. The designated family swimming beach was manned by many friendly lifeguards.

Beach at Lea Lake, Bottomless Lakes State Park, New Mexico

Lea Lake’s well maintained sandy beach is bordered by a shaded picnic area and a full shelter building.   Clean restrooms, outdoor showers, pedal boat rentals and a large children’s playground are all nearby.  Besides swimming, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and hiking are popular activities at Lea Lake.  Lovely campsites are very near the beach. The surrounding views are absolutely gorgeous.

View from the Picnic Shelter at Lea Lake

Perhaps the 1947 Roswell Incident visitors were just looking for a place to enjoy a day at the beach. What do you think?

For additional information, the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources has a wonderful article/geologic tour of Bottomless Lakes State Park. It includes park history, folklore and facts about the “Pecos diamonds” that can be found in the area.

Dif-tor heh smusma.”  ~Vulcan greeting/blessing

“Live long and prosper.”

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New Mexico’s Beaches: Desert Gems

Posted by Jody on July 25, 2011

Believe it or not, we really do have some wonderful recreational beaches in New Mexico! These are just a few of the cool choices you’ll have when you visit us here in the desert!

*Bottomless Lakes State Park*

If you take the 15 mile scenic drive from Roswell,  New Mexico, to Bottomless Lakes State Park, you’ll be very glad you did!  Surrounded by beautiful, high red bluffs, this area was set aside in 1933 as New Mexico’s first state park.  This park is truly one of New Mexico’s best natural treasures.

There are actually seven lakes located within the boundaries of this 1400 acre of the park.   The lakes range in depth from 17 ft. to 90 ft. Lea Lake, the deepest of the lakes at 90 feet, is the only one of the Bottomless Lakes where swimming is allowed.  Lea Lake is spring fed, and the water is cool and crystal clear. It’s no surprise that this lake has also become quite popular with the scuba crowd, due to the clarity of the water.  During the summer months, pedal boats and paddle boards can be rented for a fee. (But you can always build a sandcastle for no extra charge.) This New Mexico swimming beach is well maintained, and life guards are on duty in the summer.

Click here for the Bottomless Lakes State Park brochure.

*Lake Carlsbad Beach Park*

Located in the Chihuahuan Desert along the beautiful Pecos River lies the “Pearl on the Pecos”: the friendly City of Carlsbad, New Mexico.  And in the heart of this desert city you’ll find Lake Carlsbad Beach Park. Some might consider this 1000 ft. stretch of beach less than a “treasure,” but believe me, after a day of exploring in the scorching New Mexico sun, you’ll be happy to settle in under the shady trees of Lake Carlsbad Beach Park and enjoy the cool waters of this little swimming beach, located within the 125.6 acres of The Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area! The swim area is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, when lifeguards are on duty from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Here’s the link to Lake Carlsbad Beach Park.

*Tingley Beach, Albuquerque, New Mexico*

Tingley Beach, as it looks today (© Jody Diehl)

Don’t be fooled!  This isn’t a “beach” at all. It’s really a series of small ponds. Although this is a lovely family recreation area, this New Mexico beach has been closed to swimmers since the 1950’s.  Tingley Beach, part of the Albuquerque BioPark system, was built by diverting water from the Rio Grande in the 1930’s.  A major reconstruction of Tingley Beach began over a decade ago, and The Albuquerque BioPark was presented the  “2008 North American Conservation Award” by the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the Tingley Beach Restoration Project.  Click here if you’d like to find out more about Tingley Beach.

Happy Treasure Beach Hunting in the Land of Enchantment!

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