If you have a subscription, please log in or sign up for an account on our website to continue. Letters will be edited for space and clarity. If adventure is your thing, this is an essential stop for you. As disappointing as this may be for anyone trying to get in one last leisurely weekend on the lake before school starts, it's probably best to follow the advice. “He never complained one bit,” Grace said. “I didn’t think anything of it, that the water was that shallow at those places anymore,” said Leon Lucero on the phone. Your dogs can get sick from it too, so if you still decide to go camping, keep your pups out of the water. Just because your friends dare you to jump is no reason to do so. Abiquiu is one of New Mexico's best kept secrets, but once you find it, it'll soon be your favorite spot to spend an entire afternoon. Though camping is still permitted and the Rio Chama Day-Use Area downstream from the dam remains open, the Corps has advised against would-be end-of-summer fun-havers from participating in water recreation activities on the lake until further notice. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And check out these gorgeous photos. Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. Abiquiu Lake is in northern New Mexico just 61 miles north of Santa Fe. In the late summer and early fall the water's gone low enough to make the cliff pretty intimidating, but once you jump there's no going back and nobody regrets overcoming their fears. Cliff Jumping & Swimming We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. Passionate about people. Despite being a lake that allows boats, it never gets too loud. Abiquiu is one of New Mexico's best kept secrets, but once you find it, it'll soon be your favorite spot to spend an entire afternoon. We also welcome you to follow SFR on social media (on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and comment there. Mail or deliver letters to 132 E Marcy St., Santa Fe, NM, 87501 or email them to editor[at]sfreporter.com. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. The last drowning occurred at the lake in 2013, Mueller said, and another drowning in the same area where Barraza was swimming occurred in the 1990s. ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Taos man was severely injured after cliff jumping in Abiquiu Lake. Welcome! Aguilar said it was a long distance between the island and the shoreline, “enough for him to be exhausted and not be able to make it back.”. Every Lobo has an adventurer in them. The search for Barraza, 19, began Tuesday afternoon after a 911 call of a reported drowning, according to KOB-TV. Help keep local journalism fighting for you. Letters (no more than 200 words) should refer to specific articles in the Reporter. I’m grateful to the Police Department for their work and to the District Attorney’s office for their cooperation. Marques Barraza played on the Tularosa football team for two seasons and was the starting running back his senior year. The sheriff’s office and the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the reservoir, searched for Barraza until midnight but were unable to find him, Aguilar said. When will Nevada be called for Biden or Trump? He worked really hard in everything you asked of him.”. What do you love about it? After you share your experience with us in the comments, share photos from your adventures with us in our New Mexico Nature Lovers Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram by tagging #onlyinnewmexico for a chance to be featured! NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced Wednesday that it’s awarding a $600,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance to the city of Gallup to support regional economic recovery strategies for healthcare and transportation industries. In addition to visits to the O'keeffe Museum, the Welcome Center and painting sites, we will be driving through the incredible Piedra Lumbre basin (or Valley of the Shining Stone) which stretches from Abiquiu to Chama along the Chama River. The Corps of Engineers posted signs around the lake earlier today warning that the Cerrito Day-Use Recreation Area, including the swim beach and the boat ramp, will be closed indefinitely until the blue-green algae recedes to levels that are safe for humans and animals. Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) says his party is looking at progressive bills like legalizing recreational marijuana and getting rid of the state's old abortion ban in case Roe vs. Wade is overturned. Design and Hosting by Santa Fe Web Design, Wordless Wednesday – Santa Fe Summer Scenes, Santa Fe Friday Foodies Kick Off – Market Steer Steak House, Can’t Miss September Events – Fall Guide To Santa Fe. Construction continues at drive-in theater in Los Lunas Video. “We saw his son trying to get him out and asked if we could help so I just jumped out and we got him to the shore and just tried to stabilize him,” said Padilla. Cliff Jumping, among other fun things with the Elams!! You won’t want to pass up this small town lake, it’s the perfect spot for a summer day. Strangers helped save his life but now, his family said they’re facing another battle. © 1998 - 2020 Nexstar Inc. | All Rights Reserved. There was a problem saving your notification. In spring, summer and fall it offers a much needed dose of water-centric adventure that all Lobos seek. John Mueller, the Abiquiú Lake operations project manager, said Barraza and his friends were swimming in the Cañones Cove area, on the south side of the reservoir. Despite being a lake that allows boats, it never gets too loud. The area includes a fine panoramic view of the Cerro Pedernal (Flint Mountain) from the dam. Thank you for signing in! “He’s that kind of player that you get once in a lifetime. Watch Queue Queue. Thank you for reading! You'll receive your first newsletter soon! You have permission to edit this article. Photo from Facebook. Strangers helped save his life but now, his family said they’re facing another battle. Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers Video. Varied cliff heights depending on time of year, anywhere from 15 feet to 20 feet. The closure of Abiquiu Lake, announced by the Albuquerque District Office of the US Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, feels like an official declaration that summer is finally over: the last golden August afternoons of swimming, cliff jumping and boating cut short by an untimely blue-green algae bloom. is one of New Mexico’s largest and most scenic bodies of water. Wednesday, the speaker of the House shared some of their upcoming legislative priorities. Thank you for reading! Submit an adventure and become a Lobo Life Explorer, © The University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131, (505) 277-0111 New Mexico's Flagship University, /home/unmweb/public_html/lobolife.unm.edu/wp-content/themes/lobolife/single.php --. There is a 20-foot cliff, perfect for jumping. Well there is – it’s called Abiquiu Lake and it’s just a little over an hour north of Santa Fe! “Those who think they can take a piece of history and destroy it need to be held accountable. He and his family were boating close by. Barraza transferred from schooling in Santa Fe to Tularosa High for his junior year, Grace said, but wasn’t able to play despite being good enough to be on the team. Thank you! Donate today to Friends of the Reporter.