We enjoyed our stay here for the most part. Our campsite, Lions Beach 84, was big enough for 2 vehicles ($10/night for extra vehicle), our trailer, and a tent. Our host was extremely helpful to the point of overdoing it a bit. She was right next door, so visited us several times a day, usually at mealtime with her dog that jumped up and begged quite a bit. One night a party went on until about 2AM and from what we could tell, nothing was done by the host. However, summer weekends at Elephant Butte are definitely the time to avoid. Still, we had a very nice time with some beautiful kayaking from the north end at Sisters Point. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
We parked at the Quail Run Loop for quite a long time & it has good energy at this park. Limited WiFi, bathroom floors could be scrubbed better but useful restrooms & showers. New guest hosts needed much more experience dealing with the public because some of their inexperience did consistently interfere with the peaceful setting. No prior visit was like this one in that sense. Beautiful views, gets very hot, good place to park if other needs to take care of in the area. Good covered picnic table giving part-day shading. Water & electric at the site. Clean sites, this park generally has very peaceful, good energy. The limitations made our stay at this State Park incomplete We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Tips for other Campers:
The hot tub district is about 5 miles away & a good part of the visit if they'd have more hot tubs & let people hot tub more than an hour.
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $14.00
Level gravel spaces with plenty of room. Very well kept. Typical desert landscape with big vistas. All services nearby. We would stay again. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $18.00
A friend recommended this state park to us, so we decided to stop for a few days. Lots to do in the area and a decent campground at a great price, so we decided to stay a week. We stayed at one of the major camping areas in the south part of the park. Unknown to us until a couple of days before departure, there is another campground at the far north end of the park which looks much nicer, much better views, and a lot more room between sites. We will be back in the area and will stay at this state park, but for sure will camp at the north end. It's a bit more of a drive into town, but worth it to us. No hiking trails in the park, but several miles of a nicely graded walking trail. Wi-Fi is intermittent in off season, must be unusable in peak season. 30 amp breaker on pole was fine for several days then popped several times in one night with no change on our part.
The VLA is about a 90 minute drive and very cool to visit. Stop at Manny's Buckhorn Tavern in Socorro for a green chile cheeseburger...well worth it! Soak at the Riverbend spa. Very friendly folks in T&C area. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $14.00
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.
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $14.00
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $14.00
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $18.00
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.
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $14.00
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.
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $4.00
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.
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $10.00
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $14.00
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $18.00
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.
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.