Sierra County New Mexico Recreation

Camping at Sierra County’s Lakes, State Parks, and Wilderness Areas

Three State Parks in Sierra County

CAMPGROUND LOCATIONS: click any image to view maps showing campsites at our 3 state parks.

camping at Elephant Butte Lake in a low lake level year

tent camping at Elephant Butte LakeMany of our visitors (and residents too!) enjoy camping in Sierra County, and there are many places to camp. All of our area lakes and State Parks – Elephant ButteCaballo, and Percha Dam – have campsites for both RVs and tents.

Reservations: Some (though not all) campsites at Elephant Butte Lake State Park may be reserved between March 1 and September 30. Campsites on the beach are available on a first-come-first serve basis, but electrical sites at Paseo del Rio between Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte LakeDesert Cove, Quail Run, Lions Beach and South Monticello may be reserved between March 1 – September 30 (reserve online or call 877-664-7787). Other sites that can be reserved are Group Shelters at Dirt Dam, Ridge Road, and Hot Springs Landing.

Tent Camping near T or CPaseo del Rio campground offers tent camp sites in a scenic area along the Rio Grande. Paseo del Rio is 3 miles from downtown Truth or Consequences, below Elephant Butte Dam. (Pictured at right, a walking path at Paseo del Rio.)

Some of the RV Parks in town also allow tent camping (see our RV Parks page).

Camp Sites at Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Wilderness Areas

The Gila Wilderness and Aldo Leopold Wilderness Areas are easily accessed via the roads to Hillsboro (152) and Chloride (52), respectively.  High-clearance vehicles are recommended.

View a map of Sierra County (Wilderness areas are not marked on this map, but generally run north-to-south along the west edge of the county.)

Campsite locations and other information for these two wilderness areas can be found on the US Forest Service’s website.

Information may also be picked up at the Ranger District Office:

USDA Forest Service / Gila National Forest
Black Range Ranger District
1804 North Date Street
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm (except national holidays)