Leasburg Dam State Park, New Mexico

Leasburg Dam State Park: Site #31 & #6, these sites have water & electric, dump station nearby, 29 sites, 4,200 foot elevation. February 19th - 25th.

Overall Experience: smile

We arrived at Leasburg with a three-day reservation because last spring, we couldn't get in without a reservation (we don't like making reservations). We find plenty to do in the area, so we scored one of few first come/first serve sites with water & electricity to extend our stay.

Rio Grande River as it goes through Leasburg Dam State Park. We saw just a trace of water.

Local Flavor – Area Businesses We Enjoyed & Recommend
High Desert Brewing One of our faves – every time we travel through Las Cruces we made a point of stopping for a brew.
Spotted Dog Brewery New to us. Very good beers & a food truck on weekends.

Spotted Dog Brewing

We like to visit High Desert Brewing while visiting Las Cruces. Spotted Dog was a new find for us. Well worth the visit.

Located along the banks of the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico, Leasburg Dam State Park offers visitors a serene and picturesque escape from the surrounding desert landscape. This state park, located just outside the city of Las Cruces, provides a wealth of recreational opportunities while also preserving the natural beauty of the region.

The centerpiece of the park is the Leasburg Diversion Dam, a structure completed in 1907 that diverts water from the Rio Grande into the 13.7-mile-long Leasburg Canal. This historic dam not only serves an important irrigation purpose, but also creates a tranquil setting for visitors to enjoy. The park's peaceful cactus garden, hiking trails, and opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking make it a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

Hiking Trails: Exploring the Desert Terrain

One of the park's main draws is its network of hiking trails, which allow visitors to explore the diverse desert terrain. The Buffalo Soldier Trail and the Rio Grande Trail are two of the most popular routes, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including birds, reptiles, and small mammals.

Rich Cultural History: Exploring Geology at Leasburg Dam State Park

In addition to its natural beauty, Leasburg Dam State Park also has a rich cultural history. The park is located within the Rio Grande rift, a geological feature that has shaped the region for millions of years. Visitors can learn more about the area's history and geology at the park's interpretive exhibits and displays.

Whether you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life or simply enjoy the great outdoors, Leasburg Dam State Park is a must-visit destination in New Mexico. With its peaceful setting, diverse recreational opportunities, and fascinating history, this state park offers something for everyone.

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