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Dam Site Resort and Marina
Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
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“Great chance of pace on a long road trip”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

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!)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

We have been going to Elephant Butte for 26 years. We stay at the cabins most of the time and expect the showers to leak and the place to have bugs. This past weekend we where surprised because it was the cleanest it has ever been. They have new management and are starting to fix the place up. My only complaint would be that they need to be easier to reach when you want to check in. We called on our way there because we knew that we would arrive after office hours. We had to leave a message because no one answered the phone. When we got there no one was in the office and there was a note to go to cabin 15. We could not find anyone at the cabin either. We ended up going to town and coming back later and finally where able to check in after leaving three messages. If the cabin hadn't been nicer than past visits and if we didn't enjoy the lake so much this could have made been more upsetting.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We found the Dam Site Resort and Marina online, and booked the large cabin. Based on the website we expected a rustic cabin experience; however, we were shocked to see that the place was filthy. It had obviously not been cleaned prior to our arrival. The shower leaked all over the floor, there were giant hair balls blocking the drains in the sinks and showers, years of grease caked on the kitchen walls, and the floors were filthy, but that wasn't the worst of it. After spending the day on the lake, we returned to the cabin for bed. When I pulled back the covers I found tiny white bugs roaming the sheets, a large black beetle, lots of hair, and a spider the size of a silver dollar. To make things worse, the staff in the marina was rude. We will never return, and I hope that you will think twice before booking a room here.

Room Tip: If you enjoy sleeping with bugs, this is your place!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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will d, Public Relations Manager at Dam Site Resort and Marina, responded to this review, May 18, 2017
Thank you for your review. Lago Rico, Inc. took over operation from the State Park System in 2015. Since that time, we have made many upgrades to our lodging facilities. I would encourage you to make a return visit and see how nice things are now. We have upgraded several of our Lakeview Casitas with new kitchenettes. All of the casitas have received extensive plumbing and electrical upgrades. The casitas are listed on the National register of Historic Places. they are a truly unique part of New Mexico Culture and we are glad to have saved them for future generations.
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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Just love this area. One of a kind view of the Elephant Butte, a volcanic neck sticking up out of the lake! Great restaurant and patio. Wonderful Lodge to stay in. Very peaceful, nice big rooms. Very Historic location! The reservoir popped up along the Rio Grande when the Elephant Butte Dam was built in 1916. At that time the largest dam in the nation!!! First dam built by the CCC.

You should come visit and hang out for a few days!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

this place is not really a resort...it is simply a lodge above a marina on Elephant Butte lake. That said, if you want to be away from it all (not that T or C is not already away from it all) and like a well put together rustic setting, this is an interesting place to stay in the area. The lodge is a substantial building built originally to house the engineers who built the dam back in the 1920's (?). It is beautifully situated above the lake and marina amid terraced landscaped grounds. The rooms are basic but esthetically quite nice in a back woods cabin sort of way. There is no front desk or lobby and no amenities except for internet access--only guest rooms--but that is part of the charm. There is a huge southern style covered porch for sitting, reading, visiting, drinking wine, etc on the front of the building facing the lake. In boating season there is a cafe down the way; the marina also has a rudimentary store. We stayed here in both the winter and just now in late May. Both times we were in the only rooms occupied in the lodge (privacy!). In the winter it is austere and a little surreal in its isolated beauty and silence. T or C is only about 10 minutes away; cost is about $80 per room

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Albuquerque, NM
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

This is not a resort, but a lodge that has been nicely restored recently. The lodge sits above the lake and marina on state park land. There are two marinas at Elephant Butte. This is the small marina. The lodge was housing for the executives who were involved in building Elephant Butte Dam in the early 1900’s and it is very nicely restored, with many photos of the project on the walls of the hallway. Be sure to check them out.

It is not luxurious, but it is very clean and charming, with hardwood floors throughout and some of the original architectural details remain. The furnishings in the room are somewhat artisan, which means not always the most comfortable but very cute. The beds were fine. About half the rooms open onto the front veranda that runs the length of the lodge. Ask for one of these. We stayed in room 3 which was very large and bright. There is a restaurant next door that is open Friday – Sunday for lunch and dinner and serves basic but good food. We ate at the bar and had a great chat with the very friendly bartender. The grounds are yet to be landscaped.

If you enjoy history and the charm that comes with non-chain lodging, give this place a try.

To check in you walk down a very long path to the marina. It’s not clear when you get there where to check in. Be sure to take your credit card to check in or you will have to walk all the way back up and back down before they will give you your parking pass.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Dam Site Resort and Marina
Address: 77b Engle Star Rt, Elephant Butte, NM 87935
Location: United States > New Mexico > Sierra County > Elephant Butte
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Elephant Butte
Number of rooms: 25
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 

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