For one day only, the Bureau of Reclamation and New Mexico State Parks have issued a special permit to allow Elephant Butte Dam to be open to foot traffic.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park is one of nine New Mexico State Parks participating in this national event. The historic Elephant Butte Dam Hike begins at the overlook on SR 177 and crosses the dam, covering about 3/4 mile.
This moderate-level hike will include a presentation on the history of the dam, built between 1911 and 1916.
A nature hike on the Luchini Trail will be offered at the same time. This easier hike begins at the main park office and is about half a mile long. Information on local plants and wildlife is included in this outing.
Park entrance fees apply. If you have a State Park pass, that’s all you need. Otherwise cost is $5 per car.
For more information, contact Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Kay Dunlap, (575) 744-5923.