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Leasburg Dam State Park, Las Cruces

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Leasburg Dam State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located on the Rio Grande. It provides opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Nearby is the historic Fort Seldon State Monument, and 15mi to the south is the city of Las Cruces.
The dam at Leasburg was completed in 1908. Its purpose is not to hold back the flow of the river, but instead to divert it into a system of canals for use by nearby farms.
Known for its rich history, early settlers used the area as a passage to Jornada del Muerto, the nearby site of a 19th-century army outpost is a reminder of a time not too long ago. Leasburg Dam State Park offers year-round camping, picnicking, and birdwatching. From about mid-March to mid-October the park is also a venue for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking in the Rio Grande. The dam channels water from the Rio Grande for irrigation in the Mesilla Valley. Nearby a museum and a number of trails are located near Fort Seldon State Monument.
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  • Camped in a 35” motorhome. We are self-contained so cannot comment on restrooms/shower facilities. Water and electric. Dump station on site. Site #20 Pros – - Beautiful, spacious sites, each...  more »
  • A great spot with easy access to Las Cruces. There are a few trails, two cactus gardens and decent restroom facilities. The views are nice but houses and utility poles make it less desirable for...  more »
  • Had a great time! Kids loved the water. Rangers were awesome and very polite. They gave us a life jacket for throwing our trash. Sad that most people on our planet don't care about our environment. So please people pick up your trash or any trash you see for that matter. A little goes a long way. Thank you again to the wonderful Rangers we have working here. We visit every year!
  • Nice, maintained, clean, park with shade and drinking water available. Plenty of nice picnic areas and bathrooms. The dam was pretty neat and my daughter and dogs enjoyed playing in the water. The park ranger was very informative and helpful too.

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