Santa Rosa , the "City of Natural Lakes", is a town (pop. about 3000) in northeasternNew Mexico. The nickname sounds improbable for a town in the middle of some very dry country, but it's appropriate because of the presence of the Blue Hole and several other lakes based on springs. Santa Rosa is on historic Route 66.
Blue Hole, +1 575 472-3370, . Year round, 24 hours. This famous scuba diving spot is a crystal clear 80 ft (24.4 m) deep. Over 7,000 divers pull permits here each year. Basic dive shop on site.
Janes-Wallace Park & Dam, stocked for fishing.
Park Lake, family swimming, water park, fishing, tennis, basketball, softball.
Park Lake Ponds, stocked with trout, free fishing for kids and seniors only.
Perch Lake, off Route 91. Diving, swimming.
Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club, 121 North Fourth St., +1 575 472-9987, 9 holes, par 36.
Santa Rosa Lake State Park, north of town on NM 91, +1 575 472-3110, . Camping (some but not all sites developed), fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing and wind surfing on and around a man-made reservoir. Several short hiking trails offer great views. Fee $5/vehicle for day use; additional fees for camping.
Santa Rosa is the key decision point for travelers following the Route 66 itinerary: follow the standard "historic" route directly to Albuquerque, or the "original" route to Santa Fe? Either continue west on I-40 or jog north on US 84 just west of town, respectively.
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