Sierra County’s Three State Parks

As directed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, our three State Parks are open for DAY USE to NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS ONLY.  Open days are Thursday through Sunday until further notice. Parks are closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Elephant Butte hours are 6am-6pm. Caballo and Percha hours are 7am-5pm. Information about social distancing and hygiene is posted throughout parks to ensure visitor safety. Capacity limits are being enforced. Overnight use and campgrounds remain closed. Use of exact change is encouraged when paying the day-use fee, to minimize contact with staff.

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.


Elephant Butte Lake State Park Map and Information

101 Highway 195,

New Mexico’s largest body of water, Elephant Butte Lake offers a wealth of recreation – fishing, boating, jetskiing, and miles of sandy beaches

Caballo Lake State Park Map and Information

Highway 187, Mile Markers 166-167,

Located 20 miles downstream from Elephant Butte, Caballo Lake offers RV & tent camping, kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching.

Percha Dam State Park Map and Information

Percha Dam is a “must-see” for birders, as it is rumoured to provide some of the best birding in New Mexico. The dam was built in 1917 to irrigate the farms of the lower valley.

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