fishing near the dam at Elephant Butte Lake

Percha Dam State Park Map and Information

Percha Dam State Park - prime birding spot in Sierra County New Mexico


• Wearing a mask or cloth face covering is mandatory in public settings except when eating,
drinking, or swimming or unless a healthcare provider instructs otherwise, and violators
could face citations and $100 fines for not complying voluntarily.
• Bring hand sanitizer and additional personal protective equipment
• Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more while recreating
• Trails will be open; some water access is limited at this time due to seasonal conditions.
• To limit interactions, please use exact change when paying fees or purchase passes online
• Recreate responsibly and pack out all trash

Map of Percha Dam State Park

Beginning on October 1, our state parks will allow overnight camping for New Mexico residents onlyReservations must be made online. Groups larger than 10 remain prohibited.

About Percha Dam Park

Positioned along the Rio Grande and a major migration path, Percha Dam is a “must-see” for birders, as it is rumored to be “the best birding site for land birds along the entire Rio Grande.”

The dam was built in 1917, a year after the completion of Elephant Butte reservoir, to irrigate the farms of the lower valley.

The Park offers plenty of shade and is also great for fishing, picnicking and RV camping or camping. Showers are available near the campsites.

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