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Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Elephant Butte, NM
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Bodies of Water
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Collinsville, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went there with my wife and some friends. Had a great time relaxing, swimming, and fishing. It's a bit of a drive from where I'm currently located but it was definitely worth it.

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El Paso, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Elephant Butte Lake is one of the hidden gems of New Mexico. Located between Las Cruces and Albuquerque and only 2 hours from El Paso, the lake offers the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. The lake boasts warm water and miles of beach area with plenty of room for camping. A weekend on the water is a great way... More

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Averill Park, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Elephant Butte Lake is gorgeous! There is so much to do there -- swim, camp either in a lean-to or an RV on the beach, water-ski, boat, fish......We spent an enjoyable afternoon there. If you plan to drive around there, make sure you stay on the roads (unless you have a 4-wheel drive)!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We pay the 8 dollars for overnight stay. We drive down to the lake only to get stuck in the sand. Every "natives" were no help. As a matter of fact we were told to see "the guys with the big trucks" to get us out...for 100 dollars. Elephant butte definitely is a sticking nasty butt.

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Deming, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I have never been to this lake in all the years of being in New Mexico and I was amazed! It's huge! The only weird thing about this lake is that it does not have a single tree anywhere! Just last week some guys were there when a friend got stuck in the sand. They dug him out and accidentally... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

My magical afternoon at Three Sisters beach and swimming in Elephant Butte Lake was fantastic! We drove extra miles to find this secluded spot where we were only joined by one friendly fisherman...We chose the beach for its name as we were three soul sisters traveling together...Our time at the lake was truly dreamy- We rested, practiced yoga, and swam... More

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Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
6 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Whether or not you will like this place depends on what type of fun you are after. We camped here in the state park and discovered that it wasn't what we expected. Keep in mind that the lake is REALLY low. The descriptions of the campsites must have been done when the water was high so it wasn't 30 yards... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We visited Elephant Butte Lake to cool off from the heat, and boy, does it cool you off! The water is ice-cold. We (Las Tres Hermanas) also wanted some quiet time to relax, so we drove past the main gate all the way up to the Three Sisters cove. It was, indeed, isolated - and the dirt roads were a... More

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Sacramento, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1,780 helpful votes 1,780 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We camp in Elephant Butte State Park in one of the 144 RV sites with electricity, water and covered pavilion with picnic table and bbq grill for 4 nights. The restrooms nearby are well maintained, hot showers and vault toilets. Free dump stations are nearby the entrance to the camp site area. The lake is absolutely beautiful with 15 miles... More

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Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
32 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I stayed at the Paseo del Rio campground. It is between T or C and the Elephant Butte Dam. In fact, you can see the dam from the campground. The campground is along and above the Rio Grande. Each campsite has a covered shade pavilion and a picnic table. Each also has a fire pit or bar-b-que pit, but on... More

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