Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Elephant Butte Lake State Park
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harddriver
El Paso, TX42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited Elephant Butte State park in January, when the weather was pleasant, Cold at night and in the morning, but nice during the day. We stayed at Elephant Butte RV Resort which is a very nice campground. Not much to report on the Park except the water was cold in January. Roads around the park are relatively good, and in January there was plenty of parking but I know around the 4th of July it is very busy and trailers, tents and RV's take up most of the shoreline. There's a decent boat ramp and small marina and apparently lots of hiking trails.
Written February 6, 2020
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ406 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
On the first day of a long road trip I decided to stop in at Elephant Butte State Park just to see what it was like for future reference. Was tricked at the unmanned entrance with a donation box for the local 4th of July fireworks there. I like fireworks and want others to enjoy them so not a huge regret. Hope they were nice.
Elephant Butte was much bigger than Caballo Lake State Park with a lot more people and a lot more beach. It had just rained when I got there so I didn't want to spend a lot of time exploring. The pavement ended and the ground was wet so I didn’t go to the water. Parked next to a large rolloff dumpster. Seemed like a lot of trashy drunks were at the beach. Just took a couple pics and used the restroom. In hindsight I wished I had gone to look at the dam but that was further south and the opposite direction of where I was going. Next time.
Written September 2, 2021
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Cosmos Mariner
Kenai, AK372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
We stayed in South Montecello in our RV for a week. Pros - Wonderful vistas and sunrises. Simply beautiful. Quiet. Good walking, and we saw a black bear track on one of our walks along the Rio Grande. Clean bathrooms and showers. Helpful campground staff. Sandhill cranes are around. Thee Sisters is within walking distance, and there are good views of hundreds of sandhills and Canada Geese. Pelicans were around as well. Lots of tracks of sandhills around the Rio Grande there. There is a good walking, running, biking trail that runs for miles to the south from here. Heard coyotes yesterday. Cons - Not a place for those who can’t entertain themselves or want resturant experiences. At this time of the year the Elephant Butte Reservior is very low and don’t expect water sports. The Reservoir won’t come up until spring runnoff peaking in midsummer.
Written December 1, 2021
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Poirotgirl
United States139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Not great, no map was supplied on entering the park and we had no clue where we were supposed to go. We wanted to hire kayaks and paddle boards and were told to go to the marina. Got to the marina and they don’t hire them; just boats. Disappointing as it was the only reason for visiting the park. Would have been nice if we had been told this at the entrance when we specifically asked for this information.
Written July 20, 2021
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Webwalla
Cranbrook, Canada196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Hiked in the park late February and it was quiet and beautiful. The trees were just beginning to open their leaves. We found it to be an awesome outdoor adventure super close to T or C. The volunteer working the payment window was super friendly and gave us lots of useful information.
Written February 28, 2020
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Geri M
Phoenix, AZ276 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
#1. The water is extremely low, no fault of the park.
#2. Their cleanliness leaves something to be desired. I always pick up trash in the water or on my daily walks with the dogs. Some people are inconsiderate, others messy and Some inattentive. The wind will blow.
I stayed On Lions Beach. They have loops A-B-C.
Each loop has its own host + 2 park volunteers in A.
Monday. I noticed walking by the bathrooms that there was a foul smell. It’s 💯out there folks. There’s a walkway down the hill To the restrooms with 2 metal Trash baskets. Trash buckets overflowing. Rancid bacon or fish guts on top and two black dog poop bags in walkway. The bathrooms had no toilet paper. Fortunately I have a camper.
Tuesday. Rancid plastic bag plus dog bags still there. Someone had to walk around to put paper in the bathrooms
Wednesday same with the addition of a McDonald’s bag thrown at metal trash can and splattered all over walk.
Thursday the same. I picked up Rancid plastic bag, dog poop and McDonald’s junk leaving the five tomato packets.
Friday. Tomato packages still there. One now stepped on. I went in search of a host. Found 2. Was informed by both that “it’s not my job”. One did say he would call someone to do the job. Vola. 3 hours later metal containers cleaned and tomato packs gone.
Written June 18, 2021
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ruthbrown27
Sierra Vista, AZ78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
visited in the winter when not so crowded.. lovely park with wonderful camp hosts.. lots of beaches. Very nice RV sites, most have to be reserved on-line or calling. great place to stay while visiting the hot springs in truth or consequences.
Written January 21, 2020
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charlottem
1,769 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We camped at site number 1, it was a nice, large, mostly private site away from the main campgrounds. I would have given this place a better rating, but we didn't realize the bathroom that we intentionally chose to camp near was closed for the season. That important bit of information was on the website and I found it with some searching, but it was not mentioned anywhere obvious when I made the reservation. It was a very long walk to the nearest toilet in the morning. The showers were sufficient and nothing more.
Written February 28, 2020
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Anne O
Kennesaw, GA3,838 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We were there in September when the water level was way down. The lake looked like a puddle, although there were some boaters on it. Looked like only one marina was floating. The surrounding mountains and buttes were pretty - Elephant Butte was interesting. The park has campsites and picnic areas, but overall, I found it sad.
Written October 31, 2021
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Joseph W
Albuquerque, NM527 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
1st time visit to Elephant butte lake state park. I found staff very friendly and helpful, spot was very clean and easy to back into. (#87). Included cover patio, fire pit, 30Amp and water. Dump station available. Beautiful view. I had about 20 over the air TV channels, internet was good and good Verizon cell service. Would most definitely stay here again. With the New Mexico State Park pass my stay was $4 nightly.
Written February 20, 2020
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