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Blue Hole of Santa Rosa

Route 66, Santa Rosa, New Mexico 88435 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Tue 9a
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
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“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
  • 22 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

20 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 454 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
terifrog

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
January 16, 2015

This is one of the best things we saw on our trip from California to Memphis Tennessee up to Michigan and back through the Rockies. Love the blue hole, can't wait to go back.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DanielleBehar

  • Road Warrior
  • 43 Reviews
  • 44 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

This was an AWESOME stop! We were a little rushed, because it was starting to rain, but my kids and I all jumped off the cliff several times. After you get in the water it is not as bad as you think!!! HA HA, I am kidding....IT IS COLD!!! But it was worth jumping in and becoming a human Popsicle for a little while. It's history is very interesting and the experience was wonderful! I was also amazed that they had lifeguards there. I am not sure if that was normal, or if we just hit on a special day, but it was nice!
Several locals were there and they were all very nice. We heard stories about the park and enjoyed the encouragement they gave us as we stood on the cliff deciding whether to go or not!!! TOTALLY WORTH THE DRIVE!!! But make sure it is a really HOT day...that way the water will feel wonderful!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MASmith68

  • 16 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
September 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

very beautiful. be sure and visit the old church that is just a few blocks away.

3 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
kevRivers

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 13, 2014

Awesome hole to do a quick dip in. Met some amazing people while visiting as well. Definite must stop if you and some buddies are road tripping and looking for spontaneous events.

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

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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
  • Yes Parking
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