SANTA ROSA is a curious town located in New Mexico's arid desert with a somewhat "secret" reputation that draws visitors from afar. A series of clear blue artesian wells attract both scuba divers and others to enjoy a refreshing swim and explore the mysterious depths.
One specific pool, the Blue Hole, displays a magnificent azure color and water clarity that draws visitors like a magnet. Measuring 80' at the surface, the pool widens to 130’ on its rocky floor deep below. It's believed that subterranean caverns extend much further connecting the lakes -- but are too treacherous to explore. It's said the subterranean aquifer extends all the way to Texas. But novice divers are content to practice their skills in the Blue Hole that's as safe as a swimming pool. Unfortunately, there's a sparse population of aquatic life here as the merger scattering of goldfish have been "imported" by visiting school kids. So don't get your hopes up. However, you can toss a coin in and recover it from the rocky depths some 80 feet below!
Santa Rosa originally earned a reputation as a rest stop for travelers along Route 66, but has become a destination spot as well. With good Mexican food, modern hotels, and a previous visit from the famous gunfighter Billy the Kid, the town has attracted many travelers with its lore. It's said that the legendary outlaw enjoyed his last holiday meal here at Santa Rosa before being shot by sherriff Pat Garrett in nearby Fort Sumner in 1880.
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