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View from the Dam of Elephant Butte Lake
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ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE STATE PARK
ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE STATE PARK
P.O. Box 13
Elephant Butte, New Mexico   87935

Phone: 575-744-5923
Reservations: 877-664-7787
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Elephant Butte Lake State Park
'Elephant Butte Lake'
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View from the Dam of Elephant Butte Lake

The largest and most popular lake in New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake State Park provides a setting for every imaginable water sport. The visitor center offers regional interpretive exhibits. The mild climate of the area makes this park a popular year-round destination.
History of the Area
Over 100 million years ago, the area was part of a vast shallow ocean. Once the sea receded, the area was the favorite hunting ground of the tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur. Evidence of the Rex, the largest land-dwelling predator of all time, and other species of dinosaur have been discovered in area rock formations.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
Events
May 2 - May 3
Sail Boat regatta-Joshua Slocum and J
Sailboat regatta.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: j24kachina@comcast.net 505-867-0026

May 16 - May 17
Sailboat Regatta-Anniversary Cup
Sail Boat Regatta.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: j24kachina@comcast.net 505-867-0026

June 6
National Trails Day
Hike the trails of Elephant Butte Lake State Park and learn about the local flora and fauna on the Luchini nature trail.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Chase Crenshaw 575-744-5923

June 13
Chili Cook-Off
Cooks will compete for the title of best red and green chili. Visitors can purchase a tasting cup and visit each cook to try their "best" chili. They then can vote for the best red and green chili. Ice cream, hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available to purchase for those who don't like chili.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Brenda Nelson 505-604-5046

June 27
Sailboat Regatta- Dingy Race #1
Sailboat regatta.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: j24kachina@comcast.net 505-867-0026

July 3 - July 5
2015 Boat, RV and Sports Show
The Friends of Elephant Butte Lake is sponsoring the 2015 Boat, RV and Sports Show. Dealers will be showcasing the latest in boats, RVs and ATV equipment and vehicles. There will also be food and arts and craft vendors on site. Proceeds from the user fees will benefit the fireworks show at the park.

Fees: Free

Contact: Terry Squier 575-744-5971

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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 9 water level by Ray Carrell
water level to low,need to use other lake for irrigation.
May 25 Loved the lake
Me and my wife went to the lake for our first time as a married couple. She has never been camping there but the only thing is that it needs a little more trees the fishing was great thank you New Mexico Parks for keeping the lake clean.
April 15 A Beautiful Lake in the Desert by Paul Brian
This is a beautiful lake just outside TorC. The people are friendly and the lake is usually not to crowded. Drive up to the dam and have a look.. It is stunning.
March 31 Fun in the Sun by Penny Mac
We are planning another 10 day stay, this will be our third year. We enjoy everything about this lake. Plenty of room to play on the water, fishing is fair to good, nice showers. And Great marinas.
July 15 Great view RV places by Chris
My family and me spent a night here with our RV. All places, including the non-reservation-needed places have a very nice view on the lake. Just perfect. Maybe the best place to stay when travelling between El Paso and Albuquerque.
June 21 A Desert Paradise by Mike 3
This is one of my favorite state parks. The fishing is the best Ive found in New Mexico. It even rivals some of the fresh water lakes in Texas. Most of the lake is Perfect for swimming and boating and there are a couple of boat rental companies stationed on the lake. For the fishermen who would like to familiarize themselves with the lake there are several fishing guides and charters in the area.


Directions
Elephant Butte Lake State Park headquarters are five miles north of Truth or Consequences via I-25 exit 83.

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