360° VR Panoramas of Pueblo Country, Northern New Mexico
Santa Rosa
Route 66 east of Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Diving platform at the Blue Hole

Diving platform at the Blue Hole

In addition to the serious SCUBA divers going down 40, 60, 80 feet, on warm weekends the Blue Hole has hundreds of eager kids cannon-balling off this concrete platform.

Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 9, 2014
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On the low cliff above the Blue Hole

On the low cliff above the Blue Hole

This artesian spring is 60 feet wide at the surface but twice that wide below water level. The main pool is 80 feet deep. An extensive cavern system goes deeper and wider, but has been blocked off since two divers were lost and died there in 1976. SCUBA divers from all over the southwest come here to earn certification.

Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 9, 2014
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The Blue Hole produces 3000 gallons of water per minute

The Blue Hole produces 3000 gallons of water per minute

Located in an area of artesian springs and ponds the Blue Hole is exceptional for its beauty and high rate of flow. For many years it supported a fish hatchery, now it is a city park and recreation area, as well as a mecca for SCUBA divers.

Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 9, 2014
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Site of power dam on the Pecos River

Site of power dam on the Pecos River

Ruins of a dam and aqueduct that once generated power for the town of Santa Rosa. The dam is actually on El Rito Creek, fed by the Blue Hole and other springs, and slightly above the level of the Pecos River..

Pecos River south of Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 9, 2014
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Beaver dam on El Rito Creek near the Pecos River

Beaver dam on El Rito Creek near the Pecos River

This stretch of El Rito Creek, parallel to the Pecos River, is home to families of beavers. Damage from a flood the previous summer is still evident.

Pecos River south of Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 9, 2014
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