Landlocked New Mexico seems an unlikely place for stellar scuba diving, but you’d be surprised. The Santa Rosa Blue Hole is by far New Mexico’s claim to scuba diving fame. Acclaimed as the “Scuba Capital of the Southwest,” the 80 foot (24 meter) deep Blue Hole is a former fish hatchery, transformed into a diving destination. Primarily, it is used in training activities, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out yourself, even if you are a highly experienced diver. The manmade well is a cylinder, algae coated, housing thousands upon thousands of gallons of crystal clear water. Though there are no natural fish, they stock the well with goldfish, carp, and koi, making for a surreal view. Visibility can be in excess of 80 feet (24 meters).Aside from the Blue Hole, you can dive in the Navajo Reservoir, which is found on the border of New Mexico and Colorado. Located within the Navajo Lake State Park, you are sure to see trout and other unique lake species during your journey here.
New Mexico Sea Life
The only marine life you can find in New Mexico are the freshwater variety. In the Santa Rosa Blue Hole, there is no endemic marine life, as it is man-made, so you will only run across koi, goldfish, and carp.In the Navajo Reservoir you will see bass, brown and rainbow trout, huge channel catfish, carp, sunfish, and kokanee salmon.
How To Get There
Fly into any one of the many International Airports in New Mexico to get you where you need to go. Public transportation is nearly impossible unless you are in a major city, so renting a car is highly recommended.