There aren't many theme parks or water parks in New Mexico. And the ones that are operating aren't particularly large. If you are looking for major theme parks, you'd have to head west to California to visit places such as Disneyland or Universal Studio Hollywood. For major amusement parks and water parks, you could head east to Texas and visit places such as Schlitterbahn and Six Flags Over Texas.
But there are a few spots to find water slides and relief from the brutal summer heat as well as roller coasters and other thrills. The following New Mexico water parks and theme parks are arranged alphabetically.
This is a relatively small indoor water park resort. Admission is open to registered guests of the hotel as well as the general public. Attractions include a FlowRider surfing attraction as well as water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water play structure with a tipping bucket, an indoor/outdoor whirlpool spa, an activity pool with water basketball, and a wading pool. Because it is indoors, the climate-controlled park is open year-round. ABQ Surf N' Slide is the only indoor water park in New Mexico.
Cliff’s offers the largest amusement park and water park in the state (although the water park is fairly small). Among the thrill rides generating screams at Cliff’s are the highly acclaimed New Mexico Rattler wooden coaster, the Cliff Hanger (great name!) drop tower, the Fire Ball looping ride, and the SideWinder, an 80-foot-tall pendulum ride. Tamer rides rides include Spin-O-Rama, a figure-eight coaster with spinning cars, the Galaxi steel coaster, the Rocky Mountain Rapids log flume, and the Sea Dragon swinging ship ride.
While not a full-fledged water park, WaterMania offers a few small water slides. Mega Water Monkeys is a good-sized interactive water play structure with a tipping bucket. By the way, although Cliff's has been in its present location since 1964, its owners operated Uncle Cliff's Kiddieland in another location from 1958 to 1963.
Walnut Canyon is a small outdoor water park with 2 slides, an interactive play area, and a splash pool. Admission is only available for resort hotel guests of the Rodeway Inn (and is included in their room rates). The park also includes an arcade and other attractions. It is located near Carlsbad Caverns.
The small amusement park features four roller coasters, including a small spinning model, a 20-foot tall steel Miner Coaster, and The Hurricane, a family steel coaster. Other rides include bumper cars, Yo-Yo flying swings, a Scrambler, a shoot-the-chutes splashdown ride, and a drop tower. For younger visitors, there is a carousel, a train, and a spinning airplane ride. Admission is nominally priced with tickets available to purchase for a la carte rides, or the park offers a pay-one-price option.