Elephant Butte Lake State Park

     


Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Phone: (575) 744-5923

Sites: 230
Avg. Rate: $14

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Latitude: 33.1479
Longitude: -107.1854

Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 26
  • Good 24
  • Average 4
  • Poor 2
  • Terrible 0

56 Reviews

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rainman0

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
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We got in late, and left early, so never saw any staff.

Had a great site overlooking the lake. Stars were incredible.

Overall, a great place for a great price. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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TheJim

Review Count: 225
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $14.00
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The actual rate paid was $4 per night with a New Mexico State Park pass, which is $225 per year for an out of state resident. We bought the pass because we plan on spending several nights at New Mexico state parks so it made sense for us. The normal rate without the pass is $14. The park is large with five different developed camping areas. Lions Beach (30 amp), Quail Run (50 amp), and Desert Cove (50 amp) are in the main camping area, where they have WiFi. Lower Ridge has no power hook-ups. We stayed at South Monticello which the most remote of the campgrounds and has a few sites with 50 amp, most are 30 amp. There is no WiFi but there is power, water, a dump station and restrooms with showers. If you want more remote, this is the campground for you. However it is only about 30 minutes to Truth or Consequences and a Walmart. The lake is way down, so you only have a remote view. The scenery is mainly desert, which is fine for us. The sites are very large and well-spaced. During our November stay, there were only a dozen or so other campers. It was very quiet and wonderfully dark. We could hear coyotes and Sandhill Cranes -- nice. Our Verizon phone and data worked very well. No problem with satellite since there are no trees. Each site has a picnic table with a cover and fire ring. All utilities were very good. New Mexico is to be congratulated for having this great park and keeping it open during the winter. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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JayABQ

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
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Great place to stay for lake access. We stayed a couple nights off season at Lions Beach Campground. Short drive down the beach to the lake since it is low right now but great place to play. Our back in site was level and had a great view of the lake out the front window. Spot was well maintained, level and WiFi access was good, a couple of local digital channels off of the standard antenna. No sewer hookups but the dump is large and accessible for even the largest motorhomes. Stable 30amp hookups. Plenty of space to walk dogs but no grass. Our girl is trained to go on any surface so no problem. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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tajmahaulers

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the South Monticello Campground. Some of the campsites are first-come and some can be reserved. We stayed on #18 (nice lake view). It can be reserved but can also be first-come if it's not reserved. Check with the camp host or pay attention to their red and green signs. Nice paved roads, level gravel sites, covered picnic tables. South Monticello is best accessed from Exit 89 on I-25. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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judy_online

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
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This state park was highly recommended to me by two different couples last summer, so I was looking forward to spending six days here and had made a reservation. Even though I had a good view of the lake, I was disappointed by the dirt and dust. For two days, I completely stayed inside, not even going out to take my trash out because the winds were kicking up some serious dust storms, even to the point where they were keeping people off the lake. Even with doors and windows closed all the time, I felt like I could feel grit between my teeth. There just is not enough vegetation to keep the dust down. Roads in campground were paved but many other roads were not, contributing to dust and dirt. In addition, the lake is a long way from the campground I was in--Lions beach, site 64. Good Verizon service, however. Not much in the way of nature or hiking trails. I will probably not come back. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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TW Day

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $4.00
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The camp hosts are incredibly helpful. We straggled into Elephant Butte Lake State Park with a crippled motorhome, well off-season. Everyone from the camp hosts to the park's rangers were helpful, tolerant, and friendly. The bathroom near our site (Lion's Beach) was not heated, but the showers were always clean and there was plenty of hot water. My wife took to 35 degree showers a little more slowly than me. ;-) The two week stay limit was no real problem because we broke up our park time between Elephant Butte and Monticello and Riverbend Spa in TorC. We stayed from mid-December to mid-March in 2014 and loved the place right till we headed home. Our dog thinks the lake is her private playground. Elephant Butte is a fun little town, too. There are several excellent and reasonably priced restaurants, generally good services, some terrific RV and automotive repair shops (Big Victor's Automotive saved our trip), and some groceries are available from the service stations. TorC is 5 miles away for everything else you might need. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Mountain

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
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Outstanding view of the lake. Very clean, well kept park and sites. Very friendly, helpful staff. No laundromat at the park less than a mile away. Great walking and hiking trails. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Shin

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a big state park facility. Stayed 2 nights. The spaces were tight for our 40' fifth wheel. Not very level either. Power and water pressure was fine (our two previous NM state park visits both had electrical issues). Rather long walk to the playground from our site. It is doubtful we would stay here again. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Deniselg

Review Count: 63
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
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This is a very nice state park. We stayed in a site with water and electric. The sites are large, with gravel and a concrete pad under the picnic table. There is a nice clean fire ring. Staff are friendly and greeted us on arrival. The park is clean. The staff rakes each site after it is vacated, giving the site a welcoming feel when you arrive. There is a dump station. Good Verizon service. Walmart located in Truth or Consequences a few miles away. We will stay there again. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Metamorphosis Road

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
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The only reason this state park did not get a 10 is because the sites don't have sewer. We had a perimeter site and it was spacious with good separation from our neighbors. Restrooms/showers were old but clean. Close to town for services but nice and quiet at camp. We did not try the parks WiFi, but our own 3G Verizon service was good. Would not want to camp here on holiday weekends as it is said to be a zoo! Low occupancy when we arrived on Thursday, then campground was full over the weekend. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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abqtravler

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here 3 nights in the lions beach campground loop. All sites have water and electric hook ups and paved trailer pads, cover tables on a concrete slab, and a fire ring. Well kept, camp hosts and rangers are friendly, the bathrooms are in older buildings with two showers and kept clean; but the buildings are old and could use an upgrade. The state park’s WI-FI connected every time but it is slow; overall, the park is clean; the marina is a great place to spend a few hours and can rent boats. T or C is only minutes away from the State Park to pick up supplies or have lunch/Dinner in town. The $4 price is with a New Mexico State Park camping pass. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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JCLC

Review Count: 193
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Our second time visiting this park, and we stayed in a different loop (the one with lake view). While we enjoyed walking down (and down and down) to the very low lake and letting our pup have a swim, we did not love the camping here this time. Our loop was crowded and full of campers with poorly trained dogs who barked and growled and generally made a nuisance All. The. Time. (This happened to us the first time we stayed here, too.) If you can get one of the end/corner sites that has room around it, that might be better, but we shan't stay here again. Will find somewhere closer to TorC, which we love visiting. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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cmcwbl

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
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This wasn't waterfront, but our campground (Lion Beach) had a great view down onto the lake and bordering buttes/mountain range. High sandy desert with scrub, pretty if you like desert! Each site has a covered table. We preferred Lion Beach, even though it has only 30 amp electricity, because of the great views (on northwest end) and spacious sites, each having a desert willow tree to add shade. Friendly staff. In late October-early November, weather was fabulous. Good for daily walks or bicycling. Not much doing in Elephant Butte or nearby Truth or Consequences, but we weren't here for towns! We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Mark & Dawn

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed two nights in the park and had decent TV reception (about 10 stations) and great WiFi connectivity. The lake itself was down to about 17% of normal levels so it was quite a walk to the waterside. We spent most of our days walking the area with our dog and had a wide, level spot with a covered picnic table. The surface of the site was pea-gravel and was raked by the host between visitors. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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pubtopoub

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stay at the South Monticello Camping Area in spring and fall. Beautiful sites with great views of the lake and hills across the way. Roadrunners, fun. Big open sites with a covered picnic table area, big clean restrooms, a dump station, and hiking trails. There is a boat ramp, but the lake has been too low the last year to use it. Great for satellite dishes. Some sites are reservable in peak times. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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