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Top 10 Lakes in New Mexico

December 04, 2017 in: Top 10 Lakes in New Mexico,

When you think of New Mexico, the first thing that comes to your mind is a desert. We tend to think that lakes and water bodies are not a part of the picture, but that is not true. New Mexico is home to a number of different lakes that add diversity to its topography. Let’s have a look at some of the lakes that will convince you that New Mexico is not all deserts:

Abiquiu Lake

Abiquiu Lake is located an hour away from Santa Fe. The place is known for its narrow fingers that extend in the nearby canyons.  The lake is packed during the summer months as people visit the area to enjoy wakeboarding, fishing, boating, and camping.

Cochiti Lake

Cochiti Lake is located an hour away from Albuquerque and is located on the Cochiti Pueblo reservation. The lake is located in close proximity to Tent Rocks that offers hiking and exploring facility to the visitors.

Navajo Lake

The Navajo Lake is nestled between the state line of New Mexico and Colorado. The place is a popular tourist destination because of the amenities provided. If you are planning a picnic there, you will be pleased to know that they have restrooms, shower facility, and offer activities like boating, camping, hiking, guided hiking, and fishing.

Brantley Lake

Brantley Lake is located around twenty minutes away from Carlsbad and is visited by people all year around. It is located in close proximity to Carlsbad Cavern- an internationally recognized National Park known for its limestone cave rock formations.

El Vado Lake

The El Vado Lake is open for public all year round. During winter, you can enjoy hunting and angling, whereas during summer you can enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, boating, and swimming.

Caballo Lake

Caballo Lake is located on government land, so you will not find any real estate development there. The place is mostly deserted during the weekend, which is great for people who want to go fishing in a quiet environment.

Elephant Butte Lake

Elephant Butte Lake is the biggest lake in New Mexico and is located around 147.5 miles away from Albuquerque. The lake is famous amongst tourists as well as locals because of the outdoor activities it offers. Some of the outdoor sports that you will be able to enjoy include fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, as well as camping.

Eagle Nest Lake

The Eagle Nest Lake is surrounded by the high mountains of Moreno Valley located near Taos. If you are a fishing fanatic, you will be pleased to know that the lake is home to kokanee salmon, snake river cutthroat, and rainbow trout.

Bottomless Lakes

There are a total of eight sinkholes in New Mexico that are filled with water. The area is known for its hiking trails, so make sure you visit it.

Ute Lake

The lake is located northeast of Tucumcari and is one of the largest lakes in the area. The place offers swimming, horseback riding, fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking facilities, so make sure that you pay a visit.

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