Leasburg Diversion Dam

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Leasburg Diversion Dam

New Mexico

(575) 524-4068

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Looking for peace and relaxation? A quiet desert oasis, Leasburg Diversion Dam and State Park offers beautiful cactus gardens, several short trails, and opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. The dam, constructed in 1908, channels water from the Rio Grande for irrigation in the Mesilla Valley. The surrounding park has attractive picnic and camping facilities on the Rio Grande, a modern restroom with showers, and a playground that will delight the young at heart. The large, well-tended Cactus Patch botanical gardens contains numerous species of cactus and other desert plants, with identifying labels. These include huge yucca and agave, cholla, cow's tongue, prickly pear, mesquite, creosote bush, and ocotillo. In addition to the Cactus Patch, there are a number of smaller cactus gardens throughout the park, which look spectacular in spring when the cactus are in bloom.

Map of Leasburg Diversion Dam

Latitude, Longitude: 32.493402, -106.922722



  • Camping

    The park has attractive picnic and camping facilities on the Rio Grande, with a modern restroom and showers.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is a popular past-time at this park.

  • Hiking

    The trails within the park are used mostly for after-dinner, early morning walks, or as short cuts to various sections of the park. Nearby Fort Selden State Monument has a museum and trails at the site of a 19th century army outpost.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available within the surrounding state park.



Leasburg Diversion Dam is located 15-miles north of Las Cruces on I-25. Take exit 19, turn left and take NM 157 west to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers


(575) 524-4068