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Two Rivers Dam (Dry Reservoir)

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Santa Rosa, NM 88435-8435



Visitors can see antelope during fall season. The reservoir is dry except for limited storage during spring runoffs.Two Rivers Dam was constructed to protect the town of Roswell, New Mexico from disastrous floods. The project was named Two Rivers because it consists of two separate earthen dams that form one reservoir. One dam is on the Rio Hondo River and the other on the Rocky Arroyo. Construction was completed in 1963 at a cost of $5 million dollars and proved its worth during floods in 1965 and 1991. Both dams measure a total of 7825 feet in length and have a drainage area of over 1000 miles. Two Rivers is a dry reservoir and has limited water only during spring runoffs or during extreme floods - swimming or fishing is not allowed. There are picnic shelters available for day use, restrooms, as well as many scenic views to spot antelope, birds, and other wildlife. The Federal Recreation Passport Program is not applicable at this project. Off-Highway vehicle use is not permitted on the project.

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Two Rivers is located 14 miles west of Roswell, NM on US 70/380. Continue another seven miles south on the project access road to reach the day use area. Two Rivers is located 90 miles northeast from Carlsbad and 131 miles from Alamogordo, NM.

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