Camping in Bottomless Lake State Park in New Mexico

 

Beautiful and wild.

Beautiful and wild.

 

There are many types of camping just as there are many types of campers. Some folks like all the conveniences with plenty of hot water to shower in modern facilities. Campers often focus on spending time in campgrounds that provide unlimited activities and recreation opportunities. Those with modern, especially larger rigs, often dislike parking in a park less than ‘top drawer.’ Those same drivers may not want to camp anywhere that has uneven pads or is approached by a gravel road. For those that want the finer things of life and no inconvenience including not needing to dump their waste far from their site and so expect sewer hookups right where they are, this may not be an appealing place to you.

However, many of us are enchanted by the wildness of an area. We like the rugged rock and endless prairies. We like the overlarge bluest of blue skies. We enjoy the peacefulness of the open spaces and lack of civilization intruding. We like to see mother-nature at its best as she rewards us with sightings of animals, birds and critters we rarely see. Those of us who enjoy this type of camping also would have made great explorers. Some like our son are happy to make his campsite anywhere away from the crowds in the mountain. Far from others he can commune with God and enjoy nature at its most natural. Recently, he has begun to relax his standards to allow for ease and lack of time to turn a wilderness site into a place comfortable for the family.

For most of us, camping is best when it meets somewhere in the middle between these two extremes. I believe Bottomless Lake State Park in Roswell, New Mexico is the perfect solution. They actually have primitive places for dry camping but, these may be a bit too severe and remote for some of us. We settled for the part of the state park that has hookups and still offers an area that appears wild and untamed.

The electric and water site section has still got lots of red rock surrounding the campgrounds. It has a craggy look with some mesas and bluffs. It features the kind of terrain that was featured in the old westerns. It looks rugged and remote without the inconvenience of less developed campsites.

The surprise for some of you may be the wonderful beach and swimming rare. The water of this section of the lake is perfect and clear for swimming. The rest of the lake is beautiful as well but can be as deep as 90 feet. The view sitting on the beach is perfect and inspiring. A lovely setting to meditate on life or just take great photos.

The beach is surrounding by a 1/2 circle of stone covered picnic areas. The idea of the view of the lake and beach while enjoying a lunch after swimming is very appealing. There is a terrific amount of shade and nice breeze accompanies all your days there.

We loved this park for its isolation and short distance from town but, it does take quite a drive on a bad and winding roads to get there. The drive is just an introduction to what is in store for you at the campground.

As far as state parks go, this is a great one. We highly recommend it and know you will enjoy it if this is your style of camping. As a bonus, it really is economical camping.

All Photos by Dan Wentzel

Nice beach in spite of wildness.

Nice beach in spite of wildness.

They do provided pavilions.

They do provide pavilions.

Beautiful lake. 90 feet deep at spots.

Beautiful lake. 90 feet deep at spots.

Beach is nice and clean.

Beach is nice and clean.

Campsites untamed.

Campsites untamed.

Not too landscaped.

Not too landscaped.

Probably was watch tower for fire.

Probably was watch tower for fire.

Beautifully framed view through picnic area section.

Beautifully framed view through picnic area section.

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