3.9
135 votes

Blue Hole of Santa Rosa

Route 66, Santa Rosa, New Mexico 88435 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Fri 9a
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“80ft deep, clear, dark blue diving hole”

"Known as the "City of Natural Lakes," Santa Rosa is overflowing with pristine bodies of water that provide an invigorating blue splash in an otherwise arid landscape. Most of the lakes are used for everyday summer activities -- fishing, swimming, boating -- and one, Perch Lake, has a sunken twin-engine plane that attracts scuba divers partial to large, corroding objects. The town of 2,744 also touts its Mother Road lore, whose ghosts still rumble like a '57 Chevy along the neon-bright drag. And then there's the famous outlaw Billy the Kid, who though neither a diver nor a driver, still found time to kick up some dust in Santa Rosa. Yet it's the Blue Hole, an 80-foot-deep artesian spring fed from an underwater aquifer, that draws visitors (about 8,000 diving permits are issued per year) from around the world. With limited scuba spots in the Southwest, novice divers drive all day to practice their skills in a sinkhole that's as safe as a bathtub. Others seek a break from the desert or mountains and their attendant sports, like hiking, horseback riding and skiing."  The Blue Hole of Santa Rosa is a circular, bell shaped pool east of Santa Rosa, New Mexico that is one of the most popular dive destinations in the US for SCUBA diving and training. It is a clear blue body of water with a constant 64 °F (18 °C) temperature and constant inflow of 3000 gallons per minute. While the surface is only 80 feet (24 m) in diameter, it expands to a diameter of 130 feet (40 m) at the bottom. Since Route 66 and Interstate 40 pass through the Sandia Mountains on the way back to Albuquerque, NM, it is necessary for divers to use high-altitude dive tables to compute the dive profile and decompression stops when diving in the Blue Hole. A diving permit is required to use the pool and can be obtained from the city of Santa Rosa ($8 for a one-week permit). Tanks may be filled or rented as well as some equipment at a private dive shop located at the site.

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Reviewed by
reneeb

  • 2 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
July 31, 2014

This is a wonderful stop off of I-40. The water is about 62 degrees. You can jump off the rock (right in picture) or enter via the stairs (not show in picture but across from the jumping rock).

We stopped here on a Saturday and it was very crowded. We left our towels and sunglasses unattended while we jumped off the rocks and no one bothered them. There were divers practicing, people jumping off the rocks, others just swimming, and many onlookers. There were 2 or 3 life guards on duty.

It cost 5 dollars to park. there was just a guy sitting under a tent at the entrance to the parking lot so I'm not sure if he's always there. We drove a block down the street to the Senior Center (ish) place and parked there for free. Here's a link to the map: http://goo.gl/maps/xxcRl

15 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Joel Schat

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  • 238 Reviews
  • 418 Helpful
July 06, 2014
Rated 5.0

The water here is super clear and really really deep! I didn't even make a noticable dent in distance down holding my breathe going as far as possible! There is a sweet set of stairs at the top for doing back flips off of :)
Dont be scared to be the first one to go in! It is overly refreshing!

11 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Vegiemite

  • 1 Review
  • 6 Helpful
June 28, 2014

This is a great stop, particularly on a hot day. The water is cold and refreshing and if you get there earlier in the day before it gets churned up it is crystal clear. It is like a slice of the Caribbean in the middle of New Mexico.

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
chellydonutz

  • 2 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 16, 2015
Rated 5.0

Stellar stop! It cost me $5 to park a van and trailer with 14 people inside and all of us got to enjoy it. The water is brisk, clear and amazing! There were lifeguards on duty when I was there but they didn't enforce any rules about jumping, running or anything like that. Lastly, there is a nice building with bathrooms you can use.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tcc

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

Been to Blue Hole many times. It is a wonderful break in my travels, nice refreshing swim also. Doesn't take much time but it is a cool thing to see a simple hole of water in such a dry area

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Rich.Wag

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
April 29, 2014

Pretty cool place! I got my PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water diver's certification here. If you are interested in diving here, I recommend contacting Deep Blue Scuba in Albuquerque. http://www.deepbluescubatx.com/

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AmandaRammel

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

This is a must see, we came early about 8:30am and there were only a few people here. My husband, 10 year old and 2 year old twins had a blast! Great for a long road trip break! There are picnic tables, and restrooms as well! Highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kaydengayden613

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
January 18, 2016

There was nothing to speak of in the visitors center except a very nice gentleman that said the "Diver's Shop" might have the souvenir we were looking for, but it was closed. The actual Blue Hole was AMAZNG and worth the jump! Even in January. Recomend this stop to anyone that is within a 100mile distance. Truely believe it should be one of the natural wonders if the world!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
didikay007

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 18, 2015

Beautiful little swimming hole! High rock to dive/jump from or a shorter concrete ledge for those wanting to enjoy the chill of the water without the thrills of the big jump. The water is shockingly cold, taking your breath away the first encounter, but once you get warmed by the sun, you'll be ready to experience the refreshing water again. There's also a visitor center next door for changing and restrooms.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MrCoachParker

  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
March 07, 2015
Rated 5.0

We went in July '14. Really neat place. Our three boys thought it was an awesome place... jumping from the rock platform into the icy cold water. Took our breath away. A very cool place to visit otw to Durango.

2 people found this review helpful

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Blue Hole of Santa Rosa

Route 66
Santa Rosa, New Mexico
88435 USA

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Closed Now
  • Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Street Parking
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