Sierra County is home to three great state parks! The largest of the three is Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 5 miles north of Truth or Consequences. Caballo Lake State Park is 20-25 miles south of TorC/Elephant Butte. South of Caballo another 10 miles is Percha Dam State Park, one of Sierra County’s best birding spots. All three parks offer camping for tents and RVs.
Campsites on the beach are available on a first-come-first serve basis, but electrical sites at Desert Cove, Quail Run, Lions Beach and South Monticello may be reserved.
Other sites that can be reserved are Group Shelters at Dirt Dam, Ridge Road, and Hot Springs Landing.
Tent Campsites near T or C: Paseo 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.)
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:
Black Range Ranger District
1804 North Date Street
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901