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Elephant Butte Lake State Park

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Address: Elephant Butte, NM
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Fun Labor Day weekend

Spent Labor Day weekend here, first time visiting Elephant Butte. Was surprised that, despite the crowds, we were still able to find a semi-private and quiet cove on the Northern... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
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New Mexico
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Spent Labor Day weekend here, first time visiting Elephant Butte. Was surprised that, despite the crowds, we were still able to find a semi-private and quiet cove on the Northern end of the lake. Water was nice temperature for lounging and sand was soft to lose the shoes for the weekend. Will go back. Just be ready for little to... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

We made reservations to stay here 3 nites, pretty much had our choice of spots as mid November is off season. We camped here in a 40ft motorhome. Lions Beach campground, it's the closest to the lake, C loop Site # 92. Great views out the frt. windshield, sites are back in, plenty of room, nice patio cover with table.... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

My wife and I stayed in Desert Cove recently and compared to the last time we stayed here about 2 years ago it has gone down hill a bit. Two years ago the sites were cleaned and raked now it looks like nothing is done in between campers. The bathrooms used to be thoroughly cleaned (even hosed out), now they... More 

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I say haunting beauty because we experienced a sense of what must have been, and what might be for the future of Elephant Butte St Park. The water levels are alarmingly low, and a jolting reminder of water issues and water conservation in the SW. We did not camp here, but explored this Park and Caballo St. Park on a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

This was my first time visiting Elephant Butte, New Mexico. The environment, compared to my fast-paced life, was extremely slow and relaxing. There is not very much to do other than visiting the water, hanging with friends, and going to Truth and Consequences for food which is only 10 minutes away. The food selection, restaurant wise, is extremely limited, maybe... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We enjoy boating and fishing, so we go to Elephant Butte. Many camping spots on the lake and above the lake. You can pull up to the shore line and set up camp. Don't go on the holiday unless you like big crowds. The shorelines are packed with campers side by side. Make sure you know where your going because... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

In a state where lakes are few and far between, this one may be the most fun. Can get very busy, especially on big weekends, and watch for afternoon windstorms during the summer. Water is usually warm, wouldn't eat a whole lot of whatever you catch if you're fishing, but be very careful, there are strong and dangerous undercurrents

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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17 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I feel a bit guilty writing a not-so-positive review about an attraction in my state of residence. I love New Mexico in all of it natural wonder, but Elephant Butte reservoir (lake) and State Park was a bust for me. Elephant Butte is a sort of a big deal in New Mexico because…well that is the “best” water attraction we... More 

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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

great lake for fishing, camping boating or renting jet skis; clear water and easy camping on beachfront; 2 hr drive from el paso and once on a boat you could imagine you are anywhere. water level has improved but not the greatest

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Oklahoma City ok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We thought we would have a nice picnic and a little swim to stave off the summer heat. I did not spend more than 15 minutes in the water, it had an oily residue on the surface and an awful smell. The water was down really low and that might have contributed to the smell. I wouldn't recommend it for... More 

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