Blue Hole

New Mexico
USA West


Submitted By:
Larry Grieve

Submitter Comments:
I am a dive instructor and the Blue Hole is an excellent place for new as well as advanced divers to work on their skills. The visibility makes the trip well worth taking. The access to the water is very easy with stairs and a nice platform for waiting to get into the water. There are two dive platforms at 20 and 25 feet in depth that are awesome to use for training purposes.

Directions: Santa Rosa Name/Location: Blue Hole City/State: Santa Rosa, New Mexico Description: Spring fed lake Max. Depth: 85 feet Visibility: 50' - 100' Water Temperature: ~ 61F (year round) Access: Stairs or a concrete platform over the water allowing giant stride entry Facilities: Restrooms and changing rooms on-site. Dive Shop(s): Santa Rosa Dive Center Fee(s): $10 permit required to dive (good for one full year). Go to Police Station to purchase the permit. Note: if diving with an instructor, student(s) do not need a permit. Night Diving: Yes Altitude: 4,615' Comments: Blue Hole is the preferred open water training area for dive shops in Central/Southern Colorado and Albuquerque, NM. Very popular site for divers from New Mexico and West Texas. There are two platforms at 30' down for students and training. Due to the cooler water temperatures, Blue Hole is not that popular with swimmers. Directions: Santa Rosa is 116 miles east of Albuquerque on I-40. For city-to-city directions, check CyberRouter. Weather/Forecast: Santa Rosa, NM (Weather Underground) Contributor(s): Special thanks to Steven Stewart and Sharon McCarty for their contributions to this site review.


  *** Google Ads are out -- Privacy is in ***
  You can help 'Pay it Forward'
  by helping our Community survive for another 20 years. A fundraiser is coming soon!

Diver Reviews:    Click here to write a Site Review, and share any new information about this site!

12/01/2009 ABQrobin (Avg: 2.76 Review) - We dive at Blue Hole dozens of times per year. The visibility is always good as long as there aren't too many people.

09/04/2009 John from Fort McCoy (Avg: 2.34 Review) - This Florida boy dove this in August. This site is right in town. It has paved roads right to the parking lot. Bring a tarp or something to lay out gear on the dirt. The cool 64 degree water feels good in the 100 degree heat. Good visibility, but not much to see but rock walls, toys and bones put there by divers, and other divers. It can get crowded with students groups. Time your entry with their SIT time and you will have the hole to yourself. A concrete platform allows for practicing entries or stairs with rail to walk in. Stella has a small shed for a shop while a big conference center with full shop is being built. This is a nice place to dive if you are anywhere close. Not worth a special trip to do.

12/16/2006 UWdigger (Avg: 4.09 Review) - Blue Hole was my first open water experience and now eight years later it still never ceases to intrigue me. Vis is always great and each dive always turns up something new it seems. Look closely along the walls when diving. My first night dive was here, too. It can't get much more amazing than coming up from a great dive to be greeted by the friendly starlit sky! Happy diving! K

07/04/2006 Anonymous (Avg: 2.40 Review) - This is a great place to make your first dive or your 100th!

Dive Site Links:
   (If you have a relevant link for Blue Hole, please write us here.)
No external links have been submitted.

Dive Site Pictures:
   (If you have pictures for Blue Hole, please send them here.)

Special thanks to John!
Blue Hole.
Submitted by John

Special thanks to John!
Blue Hole.
Submitted by John


Diver Averages for  Blue Hole  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  5.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.50
Reef Conditions:  2.00
Animal Life:  2.25
Plant Life:  1.75
Facilities:  3.75
Solitude 2.75
Roads:  3.75
*Site Average:  2.90

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.25
Beginner Scuba:  4.75
Intermediate Scuba:  4.50
Advanced Scuba:  4.25
Night diving Scuba:  4.25

Number of reviews for this site: 4


  Search  About You  |  About Us  |  Contact


Copyright 2000-2019, LLC. tm All rights reserved.
Please read and understand the
Disclaimer concerning information contained in this site.