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 New Mexico’s Most Striking Bodies of Water

If you’re headed on a road trip through New Mexico, the odds are that you weren’t going with the gorgeous waterscapes in mind. After all, this is a part of the country best known for its picturesque high desert! However, as dry as the state’s impression may be, it is home to some incredible bodies of water. They provide stunning scenery as well as some great locations to have some fun in the sun.

Consider the following most incredible bodies of water – and the experiences they offer – that you’ll find in New Mexico: 

  • Elephant Butte Lake – Find this gem in the southern part of the state. It’s the largest lake you’ll find in New Mexico as well as its most popular spot for every kind of water sport. Throughout the spring through fall, you’ll find people boating, waterskiing and swimming. That said, if you love fishing, then you’ll be headed to Elephant Butte Lake for the striper fishing. You can head out on your own, but local pros can guide you for a far more complete experience.
  • Navajo Lake State Park – Navajo Lake can be found just outside of Farmington. It’s the second largest, Navajo Lake New Mexicoafter Elephant Butte Lake. This has, surprisingly enough, become a phenomenal place for wakeboarding. Boaters and swimmers alike have fallen in love with this body of water. That said, if you want to join into one of the newest sports to take off in the region, get ready for some windsurfing, too!
  • Abiquiu Lake – This lake can be found about 60 miles north of Santa Fe in the northern part of the state. It is found at Pedernal Peak’s base. If you’re a fan of Georgia O’Keefe, you’ll be familiar with this one as it was the subject of several of her paintings. What truly makes this lake stand out to visitors is the 20 foot cliff on the water’s edge. It is the ideal place for jumping into the water – assuming you’re not afraid of heights!

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