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Elephant Butte Lake State Park

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Address: Elephant Butte, NM
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At the lake for the Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

I brought my boys down from Albuquerque to crew for a friend's hot air balloon during the Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta (ebbr.org). We had a great time, enjoyed good friends... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Phil K
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I brought my boys down from Albuquerque to crew for a friend's hot air balloon during the Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta (ebbr.org). We had a great time, enjoyed good friends, beautiful sunrises and balloons over the lake, rainstorms in the evenings and boating and fishing in between. The boys had a great time and caught a bunch of fish when... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Elephant Butte has magnificent views. The clouds almost don't look real - more like a beautiful painting. Very relaxing and pleasant environment

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Thank Nadia G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for a fishing trip, said to be that it had a lot of fish to catch from but we didn't at all, can't say maybe we weren't using the correct lure or bait or maybe the fishing didn't want to bite at all! But overall a good trip! The scenery was beautiful! The weather was perfect just a few... More 

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Thank Hector G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 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 June 27, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

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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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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