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hiking path at Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico

Hiking at Elephant Butte’s West Lakeshore Trail

West Lakeshore Trail, 5 miles from Truth or Consequences, hugs the western shoreline of Elephant Butte Lake, spanning a 12-mile stretch of scenic desert landscape.

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Merican Slang July 4 Dam Site Elephant Butte

Celebrate Independence Day in Sierra County!

Two lakes with levels way UP, a cool river, a Beer & Wine Festival at the Dam Site, Fireworks, and more!

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Kayak rental

Get Outdoors and Onto the Water!

Memorial Day Weekend is nearly here! The weather is hotter’n blazes in southern New Mexico, but fortunately, there is a lot of cool refreshing water (2 lakes, the Rio Grande) just waiting for you to enjoy it!

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Kayak Fishing Tournament

Kayak Fishing Tournament May 19-21

This catch-photo-release tournament is open to any non-motorized watercraft—canoe, kayak, rowboat, etc. Prize categories include largest & smallest largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye.

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Elephant Butte Dam during construction

Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration
October 7-22, 2016

When Elephant Butte Dam was completed in 1916, it was an engineering wonder, the largest facility of its kind in the world.

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Elephant Butte Lake 4th of July fireworks

Saturday, July 2 – Fireworks Show at the Lake!

2016 Fireworks are set for July 2, with a rain date of July 3. State Park fees are waived after 6pm.

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elephant butte lake levels rising

Elephant Butte Restaurant News Spring 2016

Hungry at the Lake? Burgers & Buns will be open for the season starting Easter Sunday. Damsite Restaurant opens May 1.

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Elephant Butte's Luminaria Beachwalk

‘Tis the Season for Lights & Luminarias

Old-Fashioned Christmas & Elephant Butte’s Luminaria Beachwalk are two festive events happening the 2nd weekend in December.

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Elephant Butte Lake stocked with black bass

Fishstock II

Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Fish & Game, and a team of volunteers introduced approximately 40,000 fish into the waters of the reservoir on August 13 2015.

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July 4 at Elephant Butte Lake

BIG 4th of July 2015 Weekend in Elephant Butte New Mexico!

Fourth of July 2015 at Elephant Butte Lake will include a Sand Castle Building Contest, RV & Boat Show, and the big Fireworks Show.

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fishing at Elephant Butte Lake

Volunteers Needed to Move Fish!

A fish-stocking effort in early May added about 20,000 young fish to the waters of Elephant Butte Lake.

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Damsite in Elephant Butte

Sierra County Restaurant News April 2015

NOW OPEN: Stone Age Cafe, Los Fidencios, Dam Site, and General Store Cafe: restaurant news for Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and Hillsboro.

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first day hike across Elephant Butte Dam

Healthy New Year! Move into 2015 with a Walk, Run, Yoga Retreat or Healing Workshop

Sierra County rings in 2015 with Health: First Day Hikes, a Full Moon Run and 2 wellness workshops.

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post office with Boris Deutsch mural, downtown Truth or Consequences New Mexico

2014 State Architectural Tour of Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte

On October 25 2014, an Architectural Tour of Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte will be held for members of the New Mexico Architectural Foundation.

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Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort

New in Elephant Butte! An Indoor Pool & Recreation Facility plus Meeting & Banquet Space at the Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort

Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort has opened a beautiful new recreation facility that features an indoor swimming pool as well as banquet and meeting capability.

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Float the Rio Grande at night

Float Down the Rio Grande Under a Full Moon

Another Full Moon Kayak Trip is scheduled for July 11, 2014. Call 575-740-3784 to reserve a spot (must be 18 years or older). more info Originally posted on June 24, 2012 We recently met a couple who had floated down a portion of the Rio Grande on a guided raft trip during the last full […]

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Stegomastodon Fossil: A Major Discovery at Elephant Butte Lake

Whether you’re highly adventurous or a newbie, chances are good you’ve done it at Elephant Butte Lake State Park – by “it” we mean you’ve gotten your vehicle stuck in the sand and had to dig yourself out, or get someone to help you dig out. It’s almost a rite of passage for newcomers to […]

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stuck in sand at Elephant Butte Lake

Stuck In the Sand at Elephant Butte Lake – What To Do?

So many of us have been there. At the lake, where there’s all that lovely sandy beach. And you can drive on it! Or can you? Truth is, it is all too easy to get your vehicle stuck.

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First Day Hike on Elephant Butte Dam - January 1, 2014

First Day Hike at Luchini Trail and Elephant Butte Dam

New Years Day hikes at Elephant Butte Lake – one at Luchini Nature Trail, the other on the historic Elephant Butte Dam which has been closed to traffic since September 11, 2001.

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boats on Elephant Butte Lake

Labor Day Sunday at Winding Roads Park

Labor Day Weekend at the lake, old geezer style. No racing motors (except from afar), just a quiet park, wildlife and great views – the perfect staycationette.

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river floating

River Float Report + Fireworks This Weekend

Cool off with a river float in Sierra County this summer! Then take in the fireworks.

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video: Elephant Butte Water Activities

Lots to Do at Elephant Butte Lake

Boat, float, swim, splash, fish, sunbathe, build a sand castle, relax.

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green chile cheeseburger from the Elephant Butte Hamburger boat

Burgers-N-Buns: Elephant Butte Lake’s Hamburger Boat

It’s true. There really is a restaurant floating around out on the lake during summer months.

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Turtleback Mountain overlooks Truth or Consequences New Mexico

“Can You See It?” Turtleback Mountain, Elephant Butte, and the Sleeping Indian

Check out these cool formations in the local landscape: Turtle Mountain, Elephant Butte, and the Sleeping Indian.

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A Tweet Here, A Flickr There

It’s a great story. But it wasn’t really a hospital.

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paragliding at elephant butte lake

Paragliding at Elephant Butte Lake

Imagine, if you can, soaring high over the lake while wearing your own pair of wings.

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campfires allowed 100' from the water at Elephant Butte & Caballo Lakes

Elephant Butte Lake – Campfires Allowed!

Always a good idea to check with park rangers before building a fire, of course.

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