Along with its famous painted deserts, there's vivid contrast in New Mexico's mountains, lakes and rivers.
Discover great areas for fishing, boating, swimming
and even scuba diving (at the Blue Hole at Santa Rosa Lake for instance, left).
Or, for lazing the day away there's always the warm sandy beaches of Navajo Lake and at Lea Lake at Bottomless Lakes State Park, near Roswell, the only state park with a designated swimming area.
And, if you're looking for a different kind of water activity,
visit the famed New Mexico spa areas complete with warm, relaxing hot mineral springs...
The fun, as they say, is bottomless -- with opportunities for swimming, kayaking,
scuba diving at Bottomless Lakes State Park just outside Roswell.
DID YOU KNOW? New Mexico summer fun facts
• New Mexico has the fewest natural lakes and rivers in the nation. Most water activities take place at man-made reservoirs.
• Due to its steep sides and dark water, the early explorers thought that Bottomless Lakes were really.... bottomless. Today, scientists tell us that the depth actually ranges anywhere from 17 to 90 feet.
• Frisco Box Hot Springs is a favorite swimming spot for intrepid hikers in Gila National Forest, the largest national forest in America.
More about New Mexico lake beaches around the Web:
USA - New Mexico - This desert-focused site also has a complete selection
of water-related information for New Mexico beaches, fishing and boating. Not
much in the way of maps or directions, but the contact info should help get your