New Mexico Has Lakes?
In traveling and living outside of New Mexico, I've heard the question, “New Mexico has a lake?”
And I tell them, “Heck yeah! New Mexico isn't a barren wasteland like you've been told!” And if you need convincing, just look at any of the gorgeous pictures on this site and you will see that this state is beautiful and diverse!
One of the places I’ve visited many times and sped past a million more times is Elephant Butte Lake. I've boated, fished, wakeboarded, camped, sat on the beach like a bum, swam, and done tons of other cool things there.
It is the largest lake in New Mexico with 24,500 acres of water. I know there are much bigger lakes out there, but thinking about 24,500 acres of water blows my mind. If you're interested in fishing, there are Bass, Perch, Catfish, Carp, and more in the lake. If you like speed-boating, wakeboarding, water-skiing, and more, you can do that, too. If you don't like water but want some great sights, there is hiking at the West Lakeshore trail, Luchini trail, Paseo del Rio, or the Dirt Dam trail (my favorite just because of the name.) And of course there are tons of areas and resources for camping, if that's your thing.
And that's just the largest lake in New Mexico! We also have Abiquiu Lake, Brantley Lake, Conchas Lake, Eagle Nest Lake, Santa Rosa, and tons more.
So if you're friends tease you about living in a barren wasteland, stop being friends with them. Just kidding. Tell them to come visit and you will show them the awesomeness that is New Mexico. And of course, anyone is welcome to come visit our gorgeous state!
So please, tell me your favorite lake in New Mexico or your favorite memory of Elephant Butte, I would love to hear about it!
P.S. If you were curious in my last post, the other states that don't have the color blue in their flags are Alaska, California, and Maryland.
See this well-done video of water depths at Elephant Butte!