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.