Bottomless Lakes State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Mexico

In southwestern New Mexico, Bottomless Lakes State Park is a 1,400-acre oasis, complete with shimmering blue-green lakes and rusty red rock cliffs surrounded by dry sandy desert. Opened in 1933, Bottomless Lakes State Park was the first state park in New Mexico, named after the nine seemingly ‘bottomless’ lakes found around the park. These lakes are actually sinkholes, formed when the Pecos River caused underwater caverns to collapse and fill with water. Aquatic plants give the lakes their unique color, creating the illusion of great depth — even though they are only 17 to 90 feet deep!

Bottomless Lakes State Park is the perfect place to enjoy water sports and explore the areas along the Pecos River. Lea Lake is open for swimming and kayaking, as well as scuba diving. Divers can get close up views of the lake’s underwater geology, including a large cluster of freshwater springs known as the ‘Mecca.’ There’s also prime fishing spots at Devil’s Inkwell and Cottonwood Lake, which are stocked with rainbow trout each winter. On land, visitors can hike trails, spot birds and other wildlife, and photograph the beautiful lakes and surrounding landscape.

If you’re seeking recreation against the backdrop of tall cliffs, sandy shores, and blue-green lakes, then head to Bottomless Lakes State Park for your next getaway! Read further for what to do in and around the park as you plan your trip.

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Weather
Spring 42-77 F
Summer 63-92 F
Fall 44=75 F
Winter 23-57 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bottomless Lakes State Park

With glimmering lakes and tall rock cliffs, Bottomless Lakes State Park is simply stunning. But if you check into a hotel or motel, you’ll likely stay far away from these natural wonders. Consider another option: renting an RV! 

RVs let you enjoy the beauty of a state park without giving up amenities like A/C and comfortable beds. RVshare makes it easy to rent an RV near your home or travel destination. Close to Bottomless Lakes State Park, you can find RVs in Roswell and stay in campgrounds nearby, including:

Bottom Lakes State Park Campground

The park’s Lea Lake Campground offers 32 RV campsites with partial and full hook-ups — all within sight of the beautiful Lea Lake. With modern restrooms, WiFi, and a snack bar, you will have all you need to recharge after a full day exploring the park. Sites are popular, so reserve in advance! Rates are $14-18 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, showers, playground, volleyball courts, nature trails, swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, dumping station

Red Barn RV Park

Surrounded by alfalfa fields and farmlands, the park has a country feel despite its proximity to Roswell. These well-maintained grounds have 14 RV campsites with full hookups, plus friendly customer service. Go for a walk in the fields, play dominoes in the rec room, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet. Rates are $30 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes 
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, showers, laundromat, cable TV, recreation room, camp store, pool

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What to Do at
Bottomless Lakes State Park

Inside Bottomless Lakes State Park

Thousands of visitors come to Bottomless Lakes State Park each year, attracted by the shimmering blue-green lakes and rocky desert landscape. Visitors enjoy playing on the beach, lounging in the sun, and swimming and boating on Lea Lake. From November to March, anglers can fish for rainbow trout at Devil’s Inkwell and Cottonwood Lake. Around the lakes, visitors can also hike and mountain bike along the desert trails and watch for different species of native and migratory birds.

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Hiking and Mountain Biking - Skidmarks Trial is a popular 3-mile trail for mountain biking featuring well-planned drops and twisting turns. The shorter Bluff Trail and Wetlands Trail are ideal for quick hikes that showcase the park’s unique geology. With over 500 species of birds, the park has some of the state’s best birdwatching, so try to spot roadrunners, pelicans, and other birds while on the trails!

Boating and Swimming - Lea Lake is the only lake that allows swimming and boating at the park. Splash around the lake’s stunning blue waters or lounge on the sandy beachfront. During the summer, lifeguards are on duty and rentals are available for paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Scuba Diving - Plummeting to depths of 90 feet, Lea Lake offers excellent scuba diving opportunities. Divers can spot endangered fish like the Pecos pupfish and Mexican Tetra or see ‘Mecca,’ a series of freshwater springs that produce over 9 million gallons of water each day, creating near perfect visibility for underwater exploration.

Tetra or see ‘Mecca,’ a series of freshwater springs that produce over 9 million gallons of water each day, creating near perfect visibility for underwater exploration.

Outside Bottomless Lakes State Park

When you think of Roswell, it’s hard not to conjure images of flying saucers and little green Martians in your head. While it’s true that Roswell is a cultural phenomenon in its own right, there’s more to the city than the infamous UFO incident of 1947. Unusual landmarks, cultural attractions, and natural wonders are found in Roswell and the surrounding areas. If you’re interested in a day trip beyond Roswell, the cities of Albuquerque and Carlsbad are a short drive away and feature museums, restaurants, parks, and other points of interest.

Restaurants

Cattle Baron

This regional chain specializes in steak and seafood served in an Old West-themed dining room. Order dishes like the prime rib, fried catfish, or Cajun chicken alfredo and help yourself to a generous portion from the salad bar — a favorite among many customers.

Type: American

Location: Roswell, NM

Cowboy Cafe

This joint serves breakfast and lunch in a kitschy space with Western flair. Enjoy a New Mexican twist on American classics like the fried chicken with gravy and cheese, green chile cheeseburger, and huevos rancheros. Top off your meal with any of their delicious desserts.

Type: American

Location: Roswell, NM

Los Cerritos

This restaurant serves Mexican favorites like burritos and enchiladas, as well as seafood and burgers — all made from scratch. Plus, with complimentary guacamole, all-you-can eat Taco Tuesdays, and live music on Wednesdays, what’s not to love?

Type: Mexican

Location: Roswell, NM

Taste of Thai

If you’re looking for top-notch Thai cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere, then look no further! This family-run restaurant serves authentic Thai dishes like drunken noodles, pad Thai, and egg rolls in a traditional setting with Southeast Asian decor.

Type: Thai

Location: Roswell, NM

Sightseeing

International UFO Museum and Research Center

No trip to Roswell is complete without a visit to this museum. The museum documents the 1947 UFO crash and other supposed incidents worldwide through informative exhibits, artifacts, and video archives. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children.

Location: Roswell, NM

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art

If you want a different take on Roswell than aliens, then head to this art museum. With a diverse collection of paintings, photos, and sculptures, the museum focuses on regional themes and features artwork from a range of amateur and expert artists.

Location: Roswell, NM

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Located where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the Pecos River, this refuge is home to an abundance of wildlife, including migratory birds such as snow geese and sandhill cranes, as well as rare native fish and over 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies.

Location: Roswell, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

This park is famous for its limestone caves, rock formations, and hiking trails. Descend beneath the Chihuahuan Desert to explore the cave, see stalactites on the roof of the ‘Big Room’, and witness unusual geological structures. Admission is $15 per adult.

Location: Carlsbad, NM

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How to Get to
Bottomless Lakes State Park

The park is 15 miles southeast of Roswell and easily accessible from US-380.

From Albuquerque, take I-40 east for about 55 miles to exit 218. Take US-285 south for 140 miles to Roswell. From Roswell, turn east on US-380 for 12 miles, then turn onto NM-409 south for 3 miles to reach the park’s entrance.

Address: 545 Bottomless Lakes Rd, Roswell, NM 88203

Entering Bottomless Lakes State Park

Admission is $5 per vehicle. The park is open everyday from 7am until 9pm.

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