Leasburg Dam State Park

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Leasburg Dam State Park
Map showing the location of Leasburg Dam State Park
Map showing the location of Leasburg Dam State Park
Location of Leasburg Dam State Park in New Mexico
LocationDoña Ana, New Mexico, United States
Coordinates32°29′49″N 106°55′22″W / 32.49694°N 106.92278°W / 32.49694; -106.92278Coordinates: 32°29′49″N 106°55′22″W / 32.49694°N 106.92278°W / 32.49694; -106.92278
Area293 acres (119 ha)
Elevation4,200 ft (1,300 m)
Governing bodyNew Mexico State Parks Division

Leasburg Dam State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located on the Rio Grande. It provides opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Nearby is the historic Fort Seldon State Monument, and 15 miles (24 km) to the south is the city of Las Cruces.

The dam at Leasburg was completed in 1908. Its purpose is not to hold back the flow of the river, but instead to divert it into a system of canals for use by nearby farms.[2]

Known for its rich history, early settlers used the area as a passage to Jornada del Muerto, the nearby site of a 19th-century army outpost is a reminder of a time not too long ago. Leasburg Dam State Park offers year-round camping, picnicking, and birdwatching. From about mid-March to mid-October the park is also a venue for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking in the Rio Grande. The dam channels water from the Rio Grande for irrigation in the Mesilla Valley. Nearby a museum and a number of trails are located near Fort Seldon State Monument.


  1. ^ "Leasburg Dam State Park Management and Development Plan" (PDF). Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  2. ^ New Mexico State Parks Division. "Leasburg Dam State Park". New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

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