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    On today’s Summer Bucket List, we add the Black River Recreation Area for its unique blue waters and rare habitat.

    BLM New Mexico’s Black River Recreation Area provides visitors with hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, and picnicking opportunities.  The 1200-acre area is located 26 miles from Carlsbad, New Mexico and near the Carlsbad Caverns.

    The Black River is a unique color of blue because of dissolved gypsum.  Not only is the river a unique color, but it is also home to rare plant, fish, and reptile species.

    The most frequently visited site is the Cottonwood Day Use Area, with a wildlife viewing platform, picnic tables, and a bathroom.  If you are in the area or visiting Carlsbad Caverns visit the Black River Recreation Area!

    For more information visit the Black River Recreation Area website: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/carlsbad/black_river.html

    By: Emilee Cantrell; photos: Bob Wick

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