Located 14 miles east of Roswell, NM Bottomless Lakes State Park is a popular attraction for those in the state and further afield. The biggest draw to the park is, of course, the lake itself, where there are plenty of opportunities for recreational activities. What makes the lake's unique are the fact that they are sinkholes, ranging in depth from 17 to 90 feet. Each of them is a beautiful greenish color, created from aquatic plants which help to give the illusion of great depth.
The park was discovered by cowboys who were exploring the wild west and came across these nine lakes. They tried to find how deep the lakes were using rope, but with no luck. It is from this discovery that the park for its rather ominous name. In addition to Roswell, there are some smaller towns nearby which are worth exploring when renting an RV in Chaves County such as Dexter, Artesia, and Carlsbad.
Most people come to the park to enjoy the view of the lush green water cenotes, and although you can enjoy eight of the nine lakes, only Lea Lake is open for swimming. This is one of the deepest of the sinkholes, plummeting to depths of 90 feet, making it a popular spot for advanced scuba divers to spot endangered fish species or view the springs below the water. Alternatively, just enjoy a paddle from the shore of the picturesque Lea Lake beach. It is especially popular those with an RV rental because it is the best swimming hole for over 200 miles around, as New Mexico is certainly not known for having a lot of water.
Diving isn't for everyone, but there is still plenty to do for those that prefer to keep their feet firmly on dry land. RV camping at Bottomless Lake State Park is popular for those that want to make use of the number of hiking trails to explore, with many of the short trails offering great viewpoints of the other lakes. Mirror Lake is the prettiest of all the lakes, made up of two perfectly circular sinkholes separated by a narrow ridge and surrounded by a cliff.
Fishing is allowed on two of the lakes, Cottonwood and Devil's Ink. These lakes are well stocked in the winter for fishing, and actually sees a fair few visitors in the winter largely thanks to its warmer temperatures. The park has a small marina area that rents paddle boats and paddle boats for a little bit of fun in the water. This is a great way to just relax in the summer months and watch the swimmers and scuba divers beneath you.
Camping in Bottomless Lakes State Park
People coming to enjoy the recreational activities offered by the park will stay at Lea Lake Campground. This is the area which is most used by visitors thanks to the beach and facilities. The state park RV campgrounds are located right next to the small and sandy swimming beach, with 38 sites available to rent. All of the sites have water and electric hookup, and then there are six which the addition of sewer hookups.
Near the campsites, there are full restrooms that have clean showers and also a snack bar, and a dump station. As it is the only place like it for miles around, it can get very popular, and with only a few RV spaces available to rent in advance, it is worth getting to the park early and get an RV rental near Bottomless Lakes State Park.
Exploring the Area
Spring River Park and Zoo is located in nearby Roswell and is a great family-friendly attraction. The zoo is split into five main areas covering a distance of 34 acres. One of the most exciting sections is the world safari exotics section, but other great exhibits include the Capitan Trail which features native animals and the Ranching heritage exhibit. For the kids, there is also a miniature train ride and a wooden horse carousel.
Also, in Roswell is the Walker Aviation Museum, a must-visit for those interested in the air force. The museum is located at the Roswell Air Center Terminal and aims to celebrate the rich history of the squadrons based at the surrounding airfields. Visitors will learn more about how important the location was in the security of the US and is worth popping in when exploring the town of Roswell, especially as it is free.
For an even more unique museum experience, head to the International UFO Museum to get more of an insight into what this town is known for, and why so many people get a Roswell camper rental. When people think of Roswell, the first thing that often comes to mind is aliens, and this museum helps to explain that. The museum boasts a comprehensive collection of the incident that happened back in 1947, plus information on different aspects of UFO phenomenon. The gift shop is also overflowing with all sorts of memorabilia to remind yourself of your time in this unique town.