Bottomless Lakes State Park, Roswell

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Bottomless Lakes State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of New Mexico, located along the Pecos River, about 15mi southeast of Roswell. Established in 1933, it was the first state park in New Mexico. It takes its name from nine small, deep lakes located along the eastern escarpment of the Pecos River valley. The escarpment is an ancient limestone reef, similar to the limestone mountains around Carlsbad Caverns, 80mi to the south. Caves formed within the limestone, and as the Pecos River eroded the escarpment, the caves eventually collapsed, leaving behind several deep, almost circular lakes known as cenotes.
Most of the nine lakes are almost completely surrounded by cliffs, with the notable exceptions being Lea Lake and Lazy Lagoon. Lea Lake has a large, sandy shoreline on the western side and tall cliffs on the eastern side. The cliffs around Lazy Lagoon have been completely eroded away by the Pecos River, and the lake sits in a former channel of the river.
Lazy Lagoon is the largest of the lakes, with a surface area of approximately 26.1acre. Although it is a single lake, it is made up of three separate sinkholes. The surface of the Lazy Lagoon is nearly level with the surrounding salt flats, which makes it look very shallow. Despite the name, the deepest of its three sinkholes is 90ft deep.
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  • We drove to the right of the visitor center to skip the $5 fee. We just wanted to see the lakes. We saw a pretty cool one gated off to the right, but still pretty cool for a quick stop. Then at the to...  more »
  • Great relief from the heat! Cold blue/clear water and tons of rec equipment. We wish we could stay more. It’s also the cheapest night stay imaginable at $12!!  more »
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  • Awesome State Park in the middle of New Mexico. Quite a few different lakes spread throughout the park, including a side-by-side Twin Lake where one side of the lake could support fish and the other side could not due to the saline content. Very very quiet park. Besides the lakes, it was also home to a bunch of Wildlife, creatures, insects and an RV park for us outdoorsy people who love to hike. Highly recommend!
  • This park is absolutely beautiful! My family camped here one night and it was extremely affordable and safe. Sunset and sunrise over the lake were amazing! The only issue was that all of the light bulbs were out in the bathroom, and the bathrooms were not clean after a busy summer of day of being used.

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