For the Scuba Diver: New Mexico’s Blue Hole

from Off the Beaten Path | 318
Blue Hole, New Mexico© 2009 New Mexico Tourism DepartmentOnce a fish hatchery, this artesian spring in a town called The City of Natural Lakes is the place for scuba diving in Santa Rosa, on famed Rte. 66.

Off Rte. 66, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The town of Santa Rosa, located on old Rte. 66, has an unexpected dimension that draws people from miles away. The otherwise unassuming town, also known as the City of Natural Lakes, contains Blue Hole, a crystal-clear artesian spring and popular scuba-diving site.

Once used as a fish hatchery, Blue Hole is bordered by trees, large rocks, and a low stone wall. The pool attracts divers due to a year-round water temperature of 64°F and visibility of up to 80 feet in optimal conditions. The spring has a water flow of 3,000 gallons per minute, keeping the water constantly fresh. Below the surface of the bell-shaped spring, divers can investigate the algae-covered limestone walls, swim with the goldfish that inhabit the pond, or investigate the collection of golf balls and plastic toys left by divers.

Nearby is a dive center where visitors may refill their air tanks, rent equipment, or acquire the necessary diving permit. Permits may also be purchased at Santa Rosa City Hall during the week. In the pool, diving platforms are suspended at depths of 20 and 25 feet. The area is at an altitude of 4,600 feet, so divers are reminded to take the necessary precautions to avoid developing decompression sickness. Blue Hole is busier on weekends, especially during the winter months.

Open year-round. Fee charged for diving permit, air refills, and equipment rentals.

www.santarosanm.org

(575) 472-3763 Santa Rosa Visitors Center

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