Where to Paddle Board in New Mexico?

New Mexico has some lakes that are absolutely stunning and is one of the states that you will not want to miss planning a sup trip. From the beautiful desert flora and local red stone cliffs to bird watching New Mexico has something to offer everyone, From sup yoga, sup fishing, white water sup, and ufo watching who knows what adventures you will find in New Mexico?

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SUP Abiquiu Lake Recreation Area 

Colorful rock formations surround this lake and offer some of the most scenic views in New Mexico. New Mexico Abiquiu lake offers over 5000 acres of surface area and is an ideal spot for some sup yoga and sup fishing. As you explore this incredible lake on your paddle board you can get an amazing view of Cerro Pedernal peak

SUP the Rio Grande River

The Rio Grande River certainly lives up to its name being one of the longest rivers in North America. The river will have you paddle boarding through scenic landscapes, from lush hills to looming canyons that will tower high above you. The river is a great place to see some of New Mexico's wildlife and desert flora. Local companies offer tours through the river or you can ask them for advice and recommendations on paddle boarding the Rio Grande River on your own. Some sections of the river are shallow and rock-hewn, make sure you have an ultra-durable paddle board for worry-free adventures through New Mexico.

SUP The Bottomless Lakes State Park

There are 9 lakes nestled along a limestone slope, near Roswell New Mexico. The lakes are a favorite spot with their dark blue waters and contrasting red backgrounds of the cliffs. The waters are calm and are an idyllic spot to get some sup yoga in on a Glide Lotus. Parking is close to the water making this an easy place to launch a sup. Suitable for all levels of paddlers.

SUP Santa Rosa Lake State Park 

This spot has 2500 acres of calm waters to paddle and explore. The waters of this lake are pleasantly warm most of the year and will offer the sup fisher some great chances to catch dinner. The lake is connected to the Pecos river making this a fun lake to paddle, as you have an idyllic destination to paddle to. Cruise up the Pecos River Canyon a short way to spot the next paddle boarding in New Mexico destination.

SUP The Pecos River Canyon

This slow-running section of the river gives paddle boarders of all skill levels something to do, from sup fishing to anchoring and getting in some you time in a yoga pose. To watching the birds and wildlife of the area, this section will be one of the highlights of paddle bearing in this area of New Mexico.

SUP Heron Lake State Park

Heron lake state park offers close to 35 miles of shoreline, and an island to paddle to. Two major festivals happen on this serene lake each summer, one is the Osprey fest. A wine and cheese reception and the chance to paddle out and view nesting Osprey happens each July. The lake is quiet and perfect for enjoying nature, learning to paddle board, or just getting out of the noise of urban life. With no jet ski's allowed and motorized craft limited to trolling speed or lower this is the perfect spot to learn or try sup yoga. The lake is also a great spot to break out the sup fishing board and do some casting.

The other festival happens in August at Heron Lake and it is the paddle power festival. Come join in and meet other paddling enthusiasts. For more ideas on finding places to paddle board near you check out this article.

 Photo Credit: Zia Kayak Outfitters