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Elephant Butte Lake State Park

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Address: Elephant Butte, NM

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Nice getaway from town

Escaping the metro area for the weekend, a group of us came down to the lake to camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors. Camping along the lakeside is allowed, and fun, but very... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Escaping the metro area for the weekend, a group of us came down to the lake to camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors. Camping along the lakeside is allowed, and fun, but very disorganized and confusing to a first time visitor. Fishing was fair with many variety in the lake, but there is a large water sport draw to the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Lake was big nd nice but the edge of water is too rocket for children to walk in barefooted. but my boat rental at Marina del sur Caused me allot of stress I paid a month in advance and they couldn't find my reservation thank god the manager believed me but he still took another credit card not good.

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Averill Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This was our 4th trip to Elephant Butte Lake. New Mexico has been in a drought for years now, and, after getting a lot of rain this past season, Elephant Butte Lake looked spectacular. The water level was up, so there were a LOT of people at the lake. (The lake is big enough for everyone.) We got a map... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Great attraction for all. The lake is about 20 miles long were the Rio Grande River flows through to the dam. This is a man made lake. There are many northerners (called snow birds) who travel here in motorhomes who stay for the spring and summer. There is something for everyone boating, camping, fishing, jet skis, parasailing, swimming, etc. There... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

As a state park I am not impressed and will not be returning. We camped for the night, driving into the park we were given an out of scale map. We were not prepared for the sand roads or the fact for a legit camp site it's a ways away from the water. To park and camp near the water... More 

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Elephant Butte, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Beautiful, inexpensive place to bring the whole family for a day...$5 admission....OR. Stay the night and camp on the beach right at the water' s edge...$8. Lake is very pretty. Park and facilities are kept very clean and staff is friendly and helpful. You can go up to the "Damsite " area where the is a small little restaurant and... More 

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Belen, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great Lake for fishing, water skiing, swimming, and swimming! We go every year several times a summer and always have a blast!!

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I've visited the lake for years, several times in 2015 alone. The water level is lower than it once was, but don't allow this to discourage you one bit, there is plenty of water and it is very nice and clean. I enjoy kayaking on the lake, but boats, jet-skis, even para-sailers all make use of the lake and have... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A beautiful spot in a seemingly desolate area, Elephant Butte has reasonable prices for a day trip ($5 per car) and camping areas for rent ($10-$30 depending on the size). The lake is clean and clear, the beaches surprisingly free from jagged rocks. Bathrooms/showers are plentiful. Quiet hours from 10pm-7am. A great stop for any Southwestern US trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The lake is awesome in summer. Blue skies and the water is not cold, it's actually very refreshing to go into the lake.

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Address: Elephant Butte, NM
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Sierra County  >  Elephant Butte

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