Would you believe us if we told you that you can find Caribbean colored water in the desert? You can and it's only a road trip away from Arizona. New Mexico's Blue Hole is a gem that you need to see for yourself.
The Santa Rosa Blue Hole is "one of seven sister lakes connected underground by a vast system of water."
The astonishing 81-foot deep swimming hole is so clear you can see 100-feet down.
Since it's located in sunny Santa Rosa, the hole is available to visit year-round.
And the best part? It's free to swim in!
The vibrant and clear pool draws in divers and swimmers alike. Although it's not located in the Grand Canyon State, it's conveniently less than an 8-hour road trip away from Phoenix.
We recommend visiting in the summer so that you can enjoy the cool 62 degrees F water temperature. If not, it's possible that you'll be shivering the entire time.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can jump off of the rocky cliff and do a cannonball.
Since the sapphire basin is a hot spot for divers, there are a few things you must do before you can begin your underwater exploration.
You'll have to buy a $20 permit that's good for a week and fill out a release form beforehand. You can find more information here.
While you're out enjoying the sun, it's possible to see a variety of aquatic life. Be mindful of these creatures as they call the hole home.
If you're making a road trip out to the east coast, this desert oasis should be at the top of your list.
Santa Rosa Blue Hole
Price: Free to swim
Address: 1085 Blue Hole Road, Santa Rosa, NM
Why You Need To Go: You can live out your Caribbean dreams at this saphhire-colored swimming hole.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.