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Santa Rosa, New Mexico: The Blue Hole

The blue water in this 81-foot-deep artesian spring makes it a favorite for divers. Some people come to swim, others just to gaze down into its blueness.

Blue Hole Park Recreation Area

1085 Blue Hole Rd, Santa Rosa, NM
East of town and Lake Drive, on north side of Blue Hole Rd/La Pradira Ave., gated lot next to the Santa Rosa Visitor Center (which may control access).
8-8 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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The Blue Hole

Was not open when we stopped by on August 10th, 2020

[Heather Lyons, 08/16/2020]

The large parking lot is for the Blue Hole, picnic area, and the adjacent visitor center. It may be gated when the visitor center is closed. Call ahead.

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The Blue Hole

Amazing blue water! You can swim in the Blue Hole's constant 61 degree water.

[Elaine, 10/20/2019]
The Blue Hole

The very first time I came to the Blue Hole was around 2015 and yes, you could just drive up and jump in the hole. It was just the hole and an unmarked gravel parking lot. We saw a mom drive up, let out two kids around 10-12 years old and drive off. The kids went swimming unaccompanied.

In years following we would return and there would be small changes, including the building of a diving center, but you could still just drive up and jump in. When we returned today, it is completely fenced in, with marked parking spots, covered picnic tables, a large covered stage and the worst part.... a gated entrance requiring paying a fee to even get near it for a look. Another sad day for old Route 66

[Busted Suitcase, 06/25/2018]

Blue Hole.

The Blue Hole

Stopped by for a photo op on Thanksgiving Day. Looks like anyone could pull up at any time and hop in for a swim!

[Allison, 11/26/2015]

Let's all be thankful for our society of free and open blue holes.

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The Blue Hole

Been there...jumped that! Headed back to California. Followed directions. My husband stood at the bottom. I went up top...jumped in. All my clothes. Changed by the car. Worth every minute of this tiny detour.

Follow the signs and pass the big lake or whatever that is. That's not it. I think it is part of the blue hole park. JUST DO IT!

[Buda, 06/22/2015]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Route 66 Auto MuseumRoute 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, NM - 1 mi.
One Man's Privately-Built Rest AreaOne Man's Privately-Built Rest Area, Lake Sumner, NM - 32 mi.
Cowboy Rukus: Giant Cowboy CutoutsCowboy Rukus: Giant Cowboy Cutouts, Vaughn, NM - 44 mi.
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Billy the Kid Killed Here, Fort Sumner, NM - 46 mi.

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