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“Scenic attraction”

Elephant Butte Lake State Park
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Scenic attraction”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

I drove through the recreational facilities, the marina, and park. I saw the magnificent dam. The area was beautiful, and well maintained.

Visited October 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A fabulous NM State Park”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

We visited EB about 4 yrs ago and were so surprised to see the water level about 30' lower than it was. We visited the weekend of October 12-14 and the water was calm, cool and the fishing was pretty good too. Great park to visit for the day. Bring your own shade.

Visited October 2012
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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Adding water to a hole in the ground don't make a lake.”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

This place is WAY to crowded during any summer holiday. Even while you are on the water you may get sandblasted by the surrounding dirt. The people working there seem really unhappy. We were not even near the water, or had fishing supplies and were harassed about not having fishing licences, even though I had a state issued licences as a disabled veteran.

Visited May 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Unexpected Surprise”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

I have to say this was the highlight of our trip to southern New Mexico, partly due to the fact it was such an unexpected surprise. I had it listed on the itinerary as "stop by if we have time", but then saw a great print hanging in a photography shop in T&C, that was taken from the top of the dam, so decided to definitely check it out. Although since 9/11 you are no longer able to go on top of the dam, the views from the vicinity were STUNNING. The colors were amazing with the turqois water against the yellow and purple rocks, and the rocks and terrain were such interesting shapes. There were also a few cute campsites nearby.

Also loved the beach area - was scenery was outerworldly. Just careful about getting stuck in the sand if you have a smaller vehicle but it did seem like there was someone at the park dedicated to towing the cars that got stuck.

Only negative at the beach area was that sometimes the sand blowing on you by the strong winds was a bit uncomforable. Recommend having something to cover your arms and legs to avoid this.

Visited May 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
303 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
“Rowdy weekend crowds make this place not so family friendly”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

We stayed one overnight here over Labor Day weekend since we needed a place to camp for one night while traveling through the area. We saw the park on the map and decided to give it a try – we just needed a camp spot for one night. While we made it through, we would likely not return. While we understand it was a holiday weekend and was very busy, that does not make up for the allowed rowdiness of the clientele. Plus, on holiday weekends they charge you to camp for the entire weekend whether or not you only need one night. And there are no designated sites for the first come first served crowd. (there are some electric hookup sites that can be reserved). The camping is a free for all on the edge of the lake. There was very little information about the park available. The “brochure” is terrible – mostly advertisements. The entrance fee collector at the gate was nice, but way too busy with lines and lines of incoming traffic to stop and answer questions. For a state park the entrance looks like you are entering a theme park with gigantic two-story electric billboards. Large pick up trucks towing campers, boats and atv’s poured in all night. While we did find a camp site away from the crowds, we could hear the drunken beach partying going on all night. And dogs constantly barking – everywhere. There was obviously no ranger patrols, no enforcement of quiet hours or any of the other regulations (we kept seeing and hearing fireworks). This is more of a drunken beach party crowd as opposed to a family friendly lake. People driving around all night long. Someone drove through our campsite at 4 a.m. Maybe non-holiday weeks are more reasonable. In addition, due to the persistent regional drought, the lake is very very low.

Visited September 2012
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