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Lakes & Reservoirs: New Mexico

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Devil's Inkwell

Elevation: 3,500 Feet (1091.0 Meters)

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General Description

These Lakes, actually a series of sinkholes ranging in depth from 17 to 90 feet, were actually formed when circulating underground water dissolved salt and gypsum deposits to form subterranean caverns. The illusion of great depth and the greenish-blue color are formed by algae and other aquatic plants covering the lake bottoms.

Devil's Inkwell is 32 feet deep and is named for its steep sides and very dark water, the result of algae growth. Overnight campsites and drinking water are available nearby. A short hike to a vantage point above the lake is well worth the effort. Rainbow trout are stocked in this lake during winter.

Directions from Roswell: Take Higway 380 east 12 miles, then turn south on New Mexico Highway 409.

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ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Devil's Inkwell

Related Activities
Bottomless Lakes State Park - Actually seven small park lakes bordered by high red bluffs, Bottomless Lakes State Park offers a variety of sports including hiking, swimming, fishing, and scuba diving.

More Information

Visitor Information:

New Mexico Department of Tourism, Lamy Building, 491 Old Santa Fe Trail , Santa Fe, NM, 87503, Phone: 505-827-7400

Links to other sites:
New Mexico State Parks - Park Map


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