Santa Rosa is a fun family road trip destination where kids can look forward to spending the day splashing around the attractions in Park Lake. The large lake features a Water Park, an inflatable obstacle course, and lake boat rides. It is essentially an outdoor waterpark to cool off the New Mexico heat.
You can accomplish several attractions at once when you visit the area. The Water Park is next to Blue Hole, so you’ll have various swimming spots to check out during your visit. If you’re looking for a waterpark destination for kids, this place provides the perfect activities:
- Obstacle Course
- Water Slide
- Other Activities
The inflatable obstacle course is unlike any you’ve ever been on. The water obstacle course will have kids slipping and sliding their way through the track to see who makes it to the end first. The course is set up as a race between two people – grab a buddy and line up to start the race to the finish.
Some of the obstacles you’ll encounter in the Water Park are a rock climbing wall, sliding, bouncing, and tough ground that makes it hard to stay on your feet. You’ll end the course by sliding into the refreshing waters of Park Lake.
Just one lap around the course isn’t enough, so feel free to circle back around and catch your breath before heading off on another race.
Park Lake has several boating options for kids and adults to enjoy. The large lake measures at 4-miles long and 3 miles wide, so there is plenty of room to ride around. You can enjoy pedal boats and paddleboards while the little ones bounce around the obstacle course.
The boats take two people as you self-navigate the lake. There is even seating if you want to bring along another passenger for the ride.
One of the great things about visiting Park Lake is swimming. The good news is that you won’t have to pay an entrance fee if you only plan to swim. Feel free to jump into the water after checking out the Blue Hole to see which swimming experience you like best. Park Lake has a diving board on site.
What’s a water park without a water slide? Santa Rosa Water Park has a few options for visitors. The smallest water slide is part of the obstacle course, where you can get a splashing finish as you win the race.
Park Lake isn’t just a spot for kids, as adults can also have some water fun. The lake features a larger water slide that is perfect for adults to slide down. The slide’s winds and curves will have you screaming as you shoot down the slide into the lake.
If you still can’t get enough fun, Water Park includes a bouncy house, monkey bars, and more. It’s almost hard to believe that it’s an outdoor park, but it’s easy to see why it’s one of the favorite local attractions in Santa Rosa.
Things to Know Before Visiting
The best time to visit Santa Rosa Water Park is during the summer season when the water is warm. It’s open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, so there’s plenty of time to dive into the lake attractions.
For the best chance to enjoy the park, arrive early to avoid the big tourist crowds. It gets busy from mid-morning to noon, so with a 150-person limit, you might have to wait to ride.
Visitors can pay a $10 parking fee per vehicle, allowing access to Park Lake and the Blue Hole. There is a $15 day pass to receive a wristband that grants access to all the Water Park fun.
Address: 913 Blue Hole Rd, Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Water Park Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM
The last day for the Water park will be Labor Day (Sept. 4, 2023).
Park Lake Hours: 7 AM – 7 PM (Saturday & Sunday) | 8 AM – 7 PM (Monday – Friday)
Parking: $10 per vehicle/per day for Blue Hole and Park Lake
Water Park Bands: $15