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Elephant Butte Lake State Park

101 Hwy 195, Elephant Butte, NM 87935
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Large lake

For New Mexico this is a large lake great for boating, scuba diving, bass fishing great place to... read more

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Reviewed 30 March 2017
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Not Much

This looks like a version of a seaside resort in the desert. The sand is sift so you have to be... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
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“water sports” (4 reviews)
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101 Hwy 195, Elephant Butte, NM 87935
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

For New Mexico this is a large lake great for boating, scuba diving, bass fishing great place to have a large gathering with friends and family

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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

This looks like a version of a seaside resort in the desert. The sand is sift so you have to be careful where you drive lest you get stuck. There were campers, cars, and people scattered around the waterside. The area was dirty with trash....More

1  Thank Melodycthomas
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Nice state park. It is a desert setting so be prepared for scrub brush and desert landscapes. The camp hosts were not very informative and weren't familiar with the loops they were not assigned to. Also, the loop we originally reserved had sewer problems and...More

Thank Kerri G
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Great fun fo rthe family, low cost lake fun, bring a grill, and catch some fish. Drive around teh lake on the lakeshore to get a feel fo rall the ortions, rustic camping is inexpensive and you can still access some ammenities at the main...More

Thank Nicole T
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I spent the afternoon out here with some friends. One guy has that New Mexico pass that lets folks stay at any NM state park for free after paying the one-time fee. We hung out on his campsite and looked at the lovely blue water....More

Thank Blaize S
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We've lived in New Mexico for almost seven years and this was our first time checking out Elephant Butte! What a pleasant surprise! The temperature for this time of year is higher than usual and there are not many options for shade. There are two...More

1  Thank Jamie C
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Elephant Butte SP is another of the NM bargains: $14/night for elec & water, before any discounts.... Even cheaper is the primitive camping, which is spectacular, with miles and miles of beach to choose from. Fishing is excellent, scenery awesome, people are nice (even the...More

1  Thank Albert A
Reviewed 4 February 2017

About 3 hours out of the cold/snow and uniquely positioned to draw warmer temps in winter...this is a perfectly nice spot to hang out for a bit and warm up! There are some nice restaurants nearby, springs and the lake is peaceful. Grounds are well...More

1  Thank blessasugo
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Elephant Butte is designed for hundreds of campers, but in the winter it's almost abandoned while the facilities are excellent: warm showers, clean bathrooms, and well maintained campsites. The campsites are water and electricity only, but there is a dump station near each of the...More

Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Stayed here for a week in our RV. Pull through sites made for easy in & out. Sites were a bit narrow & no sewer hook ups. Sites are also not very level. Restrooms were clean but worn looking. Great price, though, only $14 a...More

Thank Carole H
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Estefania B
Is there a place to rent jet skis, boats, etc. (Other recreational water motor vehicles)? Or is it exclusively a bring your own thing.
6 June 2017|
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Response from LesK4 | Reviewed this property |
As a Army retiree we are able to rent equipment at military bases so I didn't even go near the marina. So I don't know but it was a really nice place so I would expect there is something there.
how do I find out where is the best place to fish for catfish, I live over 200 miles from lake and will be first time going there.
13 October 2016|
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Response from LesK4 | Reviewed this property |
Well it is hard to say where the best place to fish for catfish will be usually when I go to a new lake I ask at the bait store, but I have found that if I can find a place where the water seem to back up into a cove or the... More
Can you let your dogs get in the water and can we bring a grill and grill some food there??
26 June 2016|
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Response from mealybug | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs ok in water. People have huge RVs right on beachfront with giant grills. Everyone brings a grill from what I could see