Bottomless Lakes State Park (Roswell, New Mexico)
PicturesqueInexpensive
RemoteRoads Tough For Big Rigs
3.8Tammy's Tally

Date Of Stay: April 11, 2016

After parking the rig in town and touring all Roswell had to offer, it was time to settle in for the night. There were private RV parks scattered all throughout the Roswell area, but I wanted something a little more scenic and a little less expensive.

Bottomless Lakes RV park is 14 miles outside Roswell. The longer I drove and the later it got, the more concerned I became that I would be turned away; most of the spots at Bottomless Lakes are by reservation only, but there are a few first-come-first-served spots. And you can’t beat the price of 20 bucks a night.

There are eight lakes in the state park, which were formed when caves collapsed and created craters. The water can evaporate quickly in this desert climate, but the lakes are fed by underground water and rainwater. This results in geen/blue, brackish water, although the water at the campground was very blue on the day of my visit.

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I arrived at Lea lake, where RV camping is allowed. The camp host told me there were two spots available, but when I drove into the campground they were both taken. It was a Monday night, a slow day, and he took pity on me. He allowed me to park in the large parking lot, where there are picnic tables, access to the water, and a large playground.

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There were no hook ups, but I spent the night for free. It was very dark and very quiet there, and I got an amazing night’s sleep.

Tammy’s Tip: At the entrance of the park, take the high road and not the low road if you are in a big rig. Do NOT turn right as this sign suggests:

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The low road is curvy and narrow at points. Not only is the high road wider and easier to navigate, but it gives you a beautiful view of Lea Lake below (photo from Wikipedia).

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