Blue Hole (New Mexico)
|Blue Hole New Mexico|
|Location||Guadalupe County, near Santa Rosa, New Mexico|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. width||80 ft (24 m)|
|Max. depth||>80 ft (24 m)|
|Surface elevation||4,600 ft (1,400 m)|
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 for SCUBA diving and training. The Blue Hole is an artesian well that was once used as a fish hatchery. 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.
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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- "Santa Rosa, New Mexico's Blue Hole | Scuba Diving". scubadiving.com. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
- "Santa Rosa, New Mexico : City of Lakes". Retrieved 2008-12-06.
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