Southeastern New Mexico Sights

Bottomless Lakes State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

The lakes at Bottomless Lakes State Park were created when an ancient sea that covered the area 240 million years ago evaporated, leaving behind salt and gypsum deposits. Those deposits then slowly dissolved with accumulations of rain, and ceilings collapsed into sinkholes. Scuba divers, boaters, and swimmers now take advantage of the crystal-clear, spring-fed water. The main Lea Lake facility has a bathhouse with modern showers and restrooms, and paddleboats and paddleboards can be rented from late May to early September. A visitor center has exhibits of park history, geology, and geography; during the peak season, interpretive lectures are given in the evenings.

Sight Information


Off U.S. 380, 12 mi east of Roswell, turn south on NM 409 and continue 3 mi, Roswell, New Mexico, 88201, United States



Sight Details:

  • $5 per vehicle
  • Park daily 6 am–9 pm (day use). Visitor center late May–early Sept., daily 9–6; early Sept.–late May, daily 8–5

Published 07/22/2015


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