I had a great experience with my cabin stay at the Dam Site Recreation Area. The cabins (built by the CCC in 1940) are true to their original design and construction, but appear to have been well maintained with all plumbing, air conditioning, etc. working nicely. I stayed here on one night of a long family road trip and it was a refreshing change of pace from the usual hotels. It was nice to leave the windows open at night for fresh air and wake up with a great view of the marina.
One note: If you are arriving late, as I was, make arrangements in advance and be sure to ask for directions (it's dark in the state park). (I didn't call until after office hours, arrived very late, and I ended up being pretty confused and waking the management up at 11:30 at night. Credit is due to them for being remarkably friendly and helpful despite the circumstance!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Created in the early part of the 20th century, the Damsite Historic District has been providing lodging for over a century. Guests can choose to stay in the 100 year old Administration Building. This unique property has 8 guest rooms plus a beautiful meeting space. The Historic Civilian Conservation Corps built Lakeview Casitas are beautifully remodeled individual houses. Most of the units have full kitchenettes including stove tops, refrigerators, microwaves, dishes and utensils. Wi-fi is also available in some of the units. Due to the historic nature of the property there are no telephones or televisions. There is someone available on property 24 hours a day in case of emergency. The casitas are the closest lodging to Elephant Butte Lake and Spaceport America. an Boat and Kayak rental are available from the nearby Damsite Marina. The marina also holds a full service retail store with groceries, fishing gear and clothes. There are numerous hiking trails through the ruins and foundations of buildings from the construction of Elephant Butte Dam. The whole facility may be rented for conferences or other events. A 50 person meeting space is available as well as several outdoor rental areas. Tents, Chairs and other rental services are also available. ... more less