2533 Historic Route 66
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Phone: (575) 472-5570
Fax: (575) 472-5575
This stunning natural formation was once used as an artesian well and later as a fish hatchery before becoming one of the state's most popular scuba diving destinations. Although only 80 feet in diameter at the surface, its bell shape means that it is much wider at its base. Besides its rather unexpected location what makes this pool truly special is the remarkable clarity of its sparkling blue waters and the fact that it remain at a constant temperature of around 61 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celcius) throughout the year. Whether you choose to dive to the bottom, swim around the surface or simply sit by the shore, you will find it hard to resist the alluring pull of this starling beauty in such an unexpected place. A diving permit is required for all who would like to explore the pool's mysterious depths. The permit can be procured at the visitor center at the pool, along with equipment, tank refills and other scuba gear. Warm rooms and hot showers are available as well.
The Santa Rosa Lake State Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, bird watchers and anglers alike. Located around the shores of the expansive Santa Rosa reservoir, the park offers ample opportunity for anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, walleye and catfish, and for all who enjoy water sports like swimming and boating. Visitors to the park will enjoy splendid views of the semi-arid landscape of the high plains that surround the shimmering waters of the reservoir. Campsites are available within the State park as well for those who would like to stay the night and marvel at the sight of the moon glowing over the tranquil waters of Santa Rosa Lake.