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Elephant Butte Lake Area

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Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Located in the lower Rio Grande Valley of south central New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake State Park is the largest and most popular state park. Commonly referred to as "The Butte," the lake plays host to various exciting activities all year round.

On a warm summer weekend just about every form of water-based fun can be seen. Lake-goers come from all over for swimming, sailing, fishing, tubing, water-skiing, and, of course, soaking up rays while relaxing on the sandy beaches.

Thanks to the mild climate, and enhanced by special seasonal events, activities continue on into the fall, winter, and spring.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park - Size

At full capacity:

  • Land: 24,500 acres
  • Lake Surface: 36,500 acres
  • Elevation: 4,500 feet
Elephant Butte Lake State Park - Facilities
  • Visitor Center
  • Camping
  • Group Shelters
  • Developed Sites (132)
  • Electric Sites (98)
  • RV Dump Station
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Marinas
  • WIFI Internet
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Events Information:

Elephant Butte has a rich history of exciting events that are fun for individuals and families.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park - Events
Elephant Butte Events:
  • July 4th Fireworks
  • Balloon Regatta
  • Floating Lights Parade
  • Elephant Man Triathlon
  • Boat Races
  • Race To The Butte
  • Fly Freedom's Flag
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