HC 12, Box 1200
Roswell, NM 88201
Gate Hours: 24
From Roswell, head
east on US 380 for 12 miles and then south on NM 409
for three miles.
small lakes bordered by high red bluffs, Bottomless
Lakes State Park offers a variety of activities
including hiking, swimming, fishing and scuba
The lakes are water
filled sinkholes in the local gypsum terrain. Odd
geology and water chemistry create homes for unusual
plants and animals, like the Pecos Sunflower.
greenish-blue color creates the illusion that the
lakes are bottomless. Cowboys added to the lake's
mystique when they failed to find the bottom of the
lakes by tying their saddle ropes together. In fact,
they range in depth from 17 ft. to 90 ft.
In 1933, the
Bottomless Lakes area was set aside as New Mexico's
first state park.
Lea Lake is the
deepest lake at 90 feet and is the only lake where
swimming is allowed. During summer, visitors can
rent paddle-boards and paddle-boats for a small fee.
Devil's Inkwell is 32 ft. deep and is named for its
steep sides and dark water, the result of algae
growth. This lake is stocked with rainbow trout in
- Visitor Center
- Group Shelter
- Developed Sites
- Electric Sites
- RV Dump Station
- Wildlife Viewing