When traveling in and around New Mexico you are destined to get hot and need a good cool off. Rather than heading to a local pool, try out some of our favorite swimming holes that you might not know of. New Mexico is filled with lakes and rivers but why let the fun stop there? From lakes to ponds and watering holes, you will not want to leave. Try out these unique places for a time you will never forget.
Caballo Lake State Park
Often overshadowed by the much larger Elephant Butte Lake, Cavallo Lake has much fewer crowds making the watering hole that much more enjoyable. The less crowded area offers plenty of room for swimming, frolicking, and trying out any water activity under the sun you can think of. Sit back and relax, or splash around and cool off on a hot summer day. You won’t be disappointed.
If you are interested in games on the water, Farmington Lake is the place for you. They have recently added more inflatable play equipment into the water, bringing out the kid in anyone who visits. There is just something about being able to jump on a trampoline while on the invigorating water. You can splash around in the water here without a fret as motorized boats and toys are not permitted. Rest assured that you are safe in Lake Farmington.
Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area
If you are interested in taking a nice dip in the waters of the Pecos River, this is your perfect opportunity. This area is designated for swimming and no boats, so no need to worry about boats coming by and splashing you or drifting you away. Enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, or just simply splashing around in the water. This is the perfect spot for a family picnic or a nice relaxing day out on the water. All ages welcome and we know you will have a great time.
Navajo Lake State Park
This is the second-largest reservoir in the state, after Elephant Butte of course. If you are considering skipping this state park, reconsider. While there is no official swimming area, the lake is over 15,000 acres, so there is plenty of room for frolicking in the water away from boats and others. If you are interested in taking things up a notch, you can even consider scuba diving in the lake. The lake is located off Highway 511 in Navajo Dam.
If you are looking for an adventurous day on the water, this is the best option for you. Filled with inflatable water activities, this water park will have you wanting to stay forever. From lounging on a nice floaty to jumping on the trampoline to races, you will have the time of your life. Create lifelong memories here, while you relax and enjoy a nice fun day on the lake. Santa Rosa Park is perfect for those looking for a nice family outing day.
Cochiti Lake Recreation Area
For those looking to get into more extreme watersports, this is the place for you. Windsurfers from all over come to enjoy this beautiful park. This no-wake lake is well maintained and perfect for those looking to shred the waters. Rest assured that you will be in uninterrupted waters as you catch a few feet in the air. Enjoy the designated swimming beach as you relax and unwind from a long, hot day. The Lake is located on Cochiti Lake Road in Pena Blanca.
Ute Lake State Park
The reservoir on the Canadian River is popular amongst locals and visitors. It is almost 13 miles long and there is plenty of room for activities. It is located at 1800 530 loops in Logan and makes for a perfect day spent at the lake. Much like many of the state parks, there is not much shade around the lake. So make sure to bring an umbrella or something to cover up as it will get very hot very quickly.
No matter how long you are in New Mexico, you have to make time to visit one of these amazing lakes. You will not be disappointed. Take some time off exploring the city and take a dip into a cool, refreshing lake. We hope to see you soon on your travels and make sure to bring your sunscreen.