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Elephant Butte Lake State Park

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Address: Elephant Butte, NM
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My family and I go here almost every weekend, we love it! I would give 5 stars but there is a lack of trashcans and sometimes it builds up. And the sand is horrific.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
pbnj27
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I go here almost every weekend, we love it! I would give 5 stars but there is a lack of trashcans and sometimes it builds up. And the sand is horrific.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful place to visit. The lake is absolutely stunning and the marina closest to the Elephant Butte Inn has 8 passenger pontoon boats for rent for $60 per hour - great deal!

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1 Thank John S
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Lake on July 12, 2016. It was around 105 degr, not the weather for big hiking trips.The Lake is huge, nearly no shade except the little Cabins you can rent on a daily base of $ 10.00. You definitely need a cap and a bottle of water against the heat. The Lake is beautiful located and gives... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a jeep with us so we really enjoyed the whole area around the lake. It was very sandy in places so we were careful, but we had a lot of fun. Also spent some time just sitting with our feet in the water.

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Elephant Butte, New Mexico
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love visitng this best kept secret almost don't want to review it because its so peaceful and beautiful and just a wonderful place to escape too. The lake is gorgeous with wonderful views and great camping - nice restaurents and convenient to stores - the beaches are great - not to crowded or noisy even on holidays. Great place to... More 

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1 Thank Janice B
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Butte is a great place. It is not like AZ or Colorado lakes. Its hot. Gets real windy at about 1300-1600 hours. (Gusts). Tie things down no matter what. Keeps things covered. Watch for Hazards that are not marked on the water. There are a lot of them. Your Boat Prop will get beat up. Use aluminum props it... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Okay, so overall Elephant Butte is a nice lake and beach, BUT, I do not recommend tent camping. EVER. We've done it twice and both time gale force winds knocked down our tent. There was sand in everything and... everywhere. The entire day was filled with the roar of trucks and RVS trying to get out of the foot-deep soft... More 

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

...make sure you get there early if you plan to go on the weekend. People set up their campers early and some do not like it if you get too close to them. There was a definite feeling of ownership around here even though no one owns their spot. Also, be very careful when driving around as you can easily... More 

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Silver City, New Mexico
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50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Nice visit, great weather, and no crowds. I was there for a couple of weekday visits. Did a bit of kiteboarding, although the wind wasn't very good for kites. Very gusty, but not unexpected as that's how it is on inland lakes. Staff were friendly and acomodating. I'll certainly return. The park was exceptionally clean.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

Took my dog, Tebow ,here to watch the sunset after a half day of driving from ABQ. Very scenic and relaxing. $10 dollars to camp (I think) and $5 to enter park. There are bathrooms, showers and you can swim in the man made reservoir. Crappie is one of the stocked fish. Many people "glamping" with extra toys, boats, full... More 

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