Blue Hole (New Mexico)

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Blue Hole New Mexico
Blue Hole - New Mexico.jpg
LocationGuadalupe County, near Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Coordinates34°56′26″N 104°40′24″W / 34.940447°N 104.673239°W / 34.940447; -104.673239Coordinates: 34°56′26″N 104°40′24″W / 34.940447°N 104.673239°W / 34.940447; -104.673239
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. width80 ft (24 m)
Max. depth>80 ft (24 m)
Surface elevation4,600 ft (1,400 m)
Frozennever
Islandsnone
 
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Blue Hole New Mexico
Blue Hole - New Mexico.jpg
LocationGuadalupe County, near Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Coordinates34°56′26″N 104°40′24″W / 34.940447°N 104.673239°W / 34.940447; -104.673239Coordinates: 34°56′26″N 104°40′24″W / 34.940447°N 104.673239°W / 34.940447; -104.673239
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. width80 ft (24 m)
Max. depth>80 ft (24 m)
Surface elevation4,600 ft (1,400 m)
Frozennever
Islandsnone

The Blue Hole of Santa Rosa is a circular, bell shaped pool east of Santa Rosa, New Mexico that is one of the most popular dive destinations in the US[1] for SCUBA diving and training. The Blue Hole is an artesian well that was once used as a fish hatchery.[2] It is a clear blue body of water with a constant 64 °F (18 °C) temperature and constant inflow of 3000 gallons per minute. While the surface is only 80 feet (24 m) in diameter, it expands to a diameter of 130 feet (40 m) at the bottom.[3]

The Blue Hole is popular with divers and swimmers, too

Since Route 66 and Interstate 40 pass through the Sandia Mountains on the way back to Albuquerque, NM, it is necessary for divers to use high-altitude dive tables to compute the dive profile and decompression stops when diving in the Blue Hole.

A diving permit is required to use the pool and can be obtained from the city of Santa Rosa ($8 for a one-week permit).

Tanks may be filled or rented as well as some equipment at a private dive shop located at the site.

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