Elephant Butte Lake State Park Map and Information
Elephant Butte Lake State Park is open for DAY USE to RESIDENTS OF NEW MEXICO only. In an effort to effectively manage crowds at Elephant Butte Lake the following strategies will be implemented:
- Park is limited to day-use from 6AM-8PM
- Vehicles will be counted at pay booths during entry, and visitation will be kept at 25% capacity, approximately 5000 visitors or 1250 vehicles
- Three areas will be open:
1) Main Area = 600 vehicles;
2) Rock Canyon = 250 vehicles; and
3) Long Point = 400 vehicles
When the park reaches capacity, park officials will hold visitors at entrances and admit visitors one at a time as other visitors leave the park. Visitors will be directed to recreational areas that are under capacity.
The lake offers miles of trails, sandy beaches, and magnificent views along its 43-mile length. Admission / park fees are $5 per car or $15 per bus or tour van. Walk or bike in for free! Annual day use park passes are $40.
• water level
• map to the Main Gate
• water recreation info
• fishing info
• camping info
• 3 marinas
About Elephant Butte Lake
New Mexico’s largest body of water, Elephant Butte Lake, is a fisherman’s paradise known for record-breaking black, white, and striped bass, as well as crappie and bluegill.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park encompasses 40,000 acres and has a Visitor Center and camp sites.
There are 3 marinas to serve boaters:
Marinas / Boat Rentals
The Damsite Recreation Area, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s, has been designated a Historic District. The site retains the flavor of the lake's historic past and includes cabins, an RV park, rock-lined paths, and the charming (but currently under construction) Dam Site Lodge, housed in the old Administration Building dating from 1911 / the dam-building days.
Headquarters for Elephant Butte Lake State Park: 575-744-5421.