Elephant Butte Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Mexico

Elephant Butte is the largest state park in New Mexico, and you can find plenty to fill your time while there. You can play on the 40,000-acre lake by launching a boat at one of the three marinas in this park or swim in its water. Anglers love this lake, which is the largest in New Mexico, and it is often recognized as one of the best managed in the Southwest. The National Audubon Society proclaims the areas around the park’s three marinas and the Rock Canyon are important birding areas. You can also go hiking along 15 miles of trails. Head to this park, located 1 mile east of Elephant Butte, 6 miles north of Truth or Consequences and about 100 miles east of Silver City, for a great getaway.

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Weather
Spring 46-78 F
Summer 65–94 F
Fall 52-84 F
Winter 30–58 F
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Nearby Cities
Elephant Butte, NM
Truth, NM
Consequences, NM
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Take advantage of your desire to stay on the water as long as possible by bringing your RV to the campgrounds in this area. If you don't have one, you can rent one on RVshare.com.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park Campground

Stay close to the water by booking your camping adventure at one of the 173 campsites in Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Rates start at about $10 per night. You can find sites that are accessible only by boat, or you can opt to camp on the beach. 

Water hookup: Yes 

Electrical hookup: Yes 

Sewer hookup: Yes 

Wi-Fi: Yes for fee 

Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Dump station, fire ring, picnic tables 

Enchanted View RV Park

Enchanted View RV Park is located within easy walking distance of most Elephant Butte businesses. This site offers a clubroom with a covered patio, book exchange program, laundry, and more. Rates start at about $15 per day, with weekly and monthly rates available. 

Water hookup: Yes 

Electrical hookup: Yes 

Sewer hookup: Yes 

Wi-Fi: Yes 

Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Laundry, covered patio, library 

Cedar Cove RV Park

You may never want to leave Cedar Cove RV Park as it has a nail salon, convenience store, and fitness center. Lots of organized activities make this a fun place to camp, so you may want to consider the long-term spots that come with their own storage shed. Rates start at about $40 per night. 

Water hookup: Yes 

Electrical hookup: Yes 

Sewer hookup: Yes 

Wi-Fi: Yes 

Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Restaurant 

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What to Do at
Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Inside Elephant Butte Lake State Park

On a hot summer day, you'll see all types of boaters on Elephant Butte Lake. Most have used one of the park’s three marinas to launch their watercraft. You're also likely to find people having fun on the beach and playing in the lake as well. The marinas are popular places to go bird watching in the spring and fall. You may spot shorebirds, gulls, terns, waders, and ducks.

Outside Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Elephant Butte, New Mexico, is a great place to explore, and you will find plenty of shopping and dining options to partake in. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, is just a short drive away. The Gila National Forest is located nearby as are other tourist attractions you may want to visit.

Restaurants

Bigfoot Restaurant

If you're a dog owner, then you and your four-legged friend will love dining on burgers and seafood at this location. They have an outdoor patio with fantastic lake views.

Type: American

Location: 212 Warm Springs Blvd, Elephant Butte, NM 87935

The Club

Located at the Sierra Del Rio Golf Course, you're sure to enjoy having breakfast at this spot with its beautiful outdoor space. You can also swing by later for your favorite appetizers and salads.

Type: American

Location: 101 Clubhouse Rd, Elephant Butte, NM 87935

Johnny B’s

French toast, breakfast burritos, and pancakes are a great way to start your day. Quench your midday or nighttime hunger with their delicious burgers or hot and cold sandwiches.

Type: Diner

Location: 2260 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

Los Arcos Steak & Lobster

Many special occasions have been celebrated at this restaurant since it opened in 1970, but you don't need a reason to stop and enjoy their steaks, lobster, or chicken accompanied by your favorite wine.

Type: American

Location: 1400 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

Latitude 33

Try the mini pork shanks in sweet Chile sauce, blueberry pork teriyaki bowls, or Mochiko sea bass served over pineapple cauliflower fried "rice" at this restaurant that serves only a nightly special.

Type: Asian fusion

Location: 304 S Pershing St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

Shopping

Butte General Store and Marine

Start your fishing expedition by getting minnows and other fishing supplies at this store. You can also stop by for a new boat or to get your current one repaired.

Location: 900 NM Highway 195, Elephant Butte, NM 87935

Miner’s Claim

Find jewelry making supplies, rocks, gems, and sterling silver at this shop that also offers some fashion accessories.

Location: 316 N Broadway St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

Sports Adventure Rentals

Rent pontoon boats, ski boats, pedal boats, standup paddleboards, tubes, and wakeboards at this shop, where you can also arrange to store your boat in one of their slips.

Location: 80 Long Point Rd, Elephant Butte, NM 87935

Sierra del Rio Golf Shop

Find golf equipment and clothing at this store for all ages, sexes, and ability levels.

Location: 101 Clubhouse Rd, Elephant Butte, NM 87935

Dam Site Marina

Rent kayaks and standup paddleboards at this store. You can even arrange for covered and uncovered boat storage.

Location: NM-177, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

Sightseeing

Riverbend Hot Springs

Soak in the mineral waters that the Apache and Mimbres tribes of Southern New Mexico have long considered sacred.

Location: 100 Austin St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

Geronimo Springs Museum

Learn the history of Sierra County with a stop at this museum where you can see temporary and permanent exhibits about the people who have lived there.

Location: 11 Main Street, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 87901

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

This 404-mile trail through New Mexico and Texas closely follows the Spanish colonial royal road, and you can hike nearby parts of it or the whole thing.

Location: PO Box 728 Santa Fe, NM 87504

Healing Waters Trail

Hike this path that runs by four hot springs and offers impressive views of the Rio Grande River.

Location: 211 Main Street, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 87901

Gila National Forest

Gila National Forest, covering more than 3.3 million acres, contains the Gila Wilderness, which is the first Congressionally designated wilderness in the United States.

Location: 3005 E. Camino del Bosque Silver City, NM 88061

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How to Get to
Elephant Butte Lake State Park

This state park is located about 146 miles south of Albuquerque, and you can easily reach it from there. Start by getting on Interstate 25 South. Get off at exit 83, which is the New Mexico 183 S/New Mexico 52 South exit. After exiting, turn left to get on that road. Go about 0.5 miles and turn left to get on New Mexico 195 South. Follow that highway for about 3.6 miles, and you will arrive at the park.

Entering Elephant Butte Lake State Park

The park is open 24/7.

Per person : $5

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