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Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Elephant Butte, New Mexico



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

Sites: 230
Recent Rate: $14 8/2016

Latitude: 33.182117964165
Longitude: -107.20949696579

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing yes
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stay at Lions Beach, loop C. It was a wonderful site, paved, water & 30amp electric. The site was large, clean, with a great view of the water and beach area. The picnic table was covered, Also there was a firepit. We enjoyed sitting outside and watching the birds and rabbits. We took a walk down to the water, the lake appeared clean and many were utilizing the water, it made us wishing for a boat. Our dogs loved snooping the area, taking in the sites. We will return. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop C
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at Lion's Beach. Sites on the far end from the main road have great views of the lake. Sunsets are spectacular here and it looks like bunnies really like living here. You would have a good walk to the lake but we just drove down to the beach everyday. Be vary careful, four wheel drive is highly recommended as the sand can be soft and deep! Don't be fooled by the big RVs dry camping on the beach, many get stuck in the sand. Speaking of beaches, this one is very nice. Water is clean and clear and was the perfect temp for swimming in July (cool and refreshing). It does get pretty packed on summer weekends.

Campsites are nice with some shade, nice covered picnic tables and a fire ring/grill in each. You can get some supplies at the marina although they are quite limited but the Walmart is 10 minutes away. No bugs and no critters except the 4 million bunnies running around and some birds that don't fly, they just run around with the bunnies.

There is a nice playground for the kids in the park. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Showers
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Campsite
     
Site Number
Lions Beach Site 64
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go the the Riverbend Spa, really cool!

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

There are several campgrounds. We stayed in Montecello South. The best access is exit 89 off I-25. If you like the remote, wide open spaces, this is the place for you. This is one of the most well designed campgrounds, I have ever seen. Sites are very spacious with plenty of space between sites also. We had water and electric. The sites are level gravel. There are beautiful views from all sites. We enjoyed watching hummingbirds, Gambel quail, and jack rabbits. There is a hiking trail the length of the lake and accessible from the campground. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

A visit to Bosque del Apache Wildlife Preserve was great. It is a wonderful birding area and well-maintained.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

S. Monticello Campground is a fantastic area if you like being more remote and staying in a quiet area! We have a 45' motorhome and had previously looked at the other campgrounds in this state park and weren't that impressed, but the S. Monticello area has huge sites, nice views of the lake and surrounding mountains, clean restrooms and showers, friendly camp host and plenty of peace, quiet, solitude and beauty. Main park and marinas are not far and offer access to lake and boat rentals. We arrived on Wednesday in early April and had no problem finding a huge pull-thru with great view in the non-reservable area. Campground is 6 miles off main highway. Only negative is rough road between highway and campground. However, all roads are paved. Sites are gravel with concrete patio and shade structure. Plenty of sight-seeing and touristing in the area and we will absolutely stay here again when in the area. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
S Monticello
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Local McDonald's is very expensive. Riverbend Hot Springs is a great place for a mineral hot spring soak.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Great views of lake from our site. Pleasant. Summertime is suitable for boaters. We are not boaters so would only camp here on the shoulder seasons. Generous sites, Ramadas, water and electric, and dump stations. Hiking opportunities unknown. We spent five nights. Adjacent towns not very interesting. Birds and bunnies aplenty. 4500 ft elevation. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Lions Beach Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Boating is the main draw. Could dry camp lakeside if desired.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Review is specific to the South Montecillo area. We stayed in the main camground area last visit and were far less impressed. South Montecillo is great! Very large to huge sites, nicely spread apart with some beautiful views of the lake and/or mountains. Very quiet area. Most sites are not reservable (including all the large pull throughs). The two loops which are reservable have nice lake views, but are closer together and smaller, but still nice. Sites aren't super level, but no problems. You are much further to towns, but the peace and quiet are worth it. If you decide on staying at South Montecillo, do not follow the signs to Elephant Butte State Park as that will take place you to the main campground (see my previous review on that). Instead, take exit 89 off of i25 and follow signs for South Montecillo area. Use self pay station, but hosts are on site. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed in Lion's cove. Sites are suitable for larger rigs. There seems to be room for most slide outs. There is a view of the lake but the water level is very low. Sites are very level in this campground. A lot of people from Albuquerque come here for the weekend. Very clean and host even rakes the gravel. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Lions cove
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Nice museum in Truth of Consequences. Geronimo Springs museum. They have several rooms from prehistoric times to the 1950's. Lots of items and lots of descriptions of items. Also good history on the surrounding small towns. We spent two hours there. We could have spent a lot longer if we wished. $6.00 for adults or $5.00 for seniors.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed in Quail, 50amp, pull thru. Sites aren't perfectly level, but easy to adjust. Roads vary from dirt to paved, and the boondock sites along the lake are fantastic but beware rains. We watched two rv's being towed out after a midnight rain storm rolled through. Lots of sites, plenty of walking roads & paths. We payed $4 a night due to our annual pass discount, free if we didn't do electric. Most sites we checked out had decent view of the lake and big vistas. Lions and Quail were half full most the time, even on weekends (October). Quail Run has the best privacy (bushes) for electrical sites. Small problem with mice from what a host told us, so watch your engine and underbelly. We never saw one or any sign of them. LOTS of birds. Wifi was good, we parked two sites away from the repeater pole, across from it. Our router amped it up and made it pretty darn good speeds, but it did go out now and then and daily sign-ins were needed. Verizon cell excellent, mifi strong. Did not test our mifi in the boondock area.

Dump site is a pain to get into with a 36' 5th/22' truck, so we used the open area and ran extra hose to the dump. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Quail Run
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is in regards to the South Monticello campground at the north end of Elephant Butte reservoir. We have stayed there twice: once at the beginning of June, and once in mid-October 2015. Out of all of the Elephant Butte campgrounds, this is the quietest and has the largest spots. Note that there is no lake access here, as the marina at this end just goes down to dry lake bed. Many spots here don't have a direct view of the lake but instead have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and if there's a thunderstorm anywhere in southern NM, you can bet you'll see great lightning shows. The spots here are wide and fairly level. The spots that are reservable have the views of the water. There is not much shade, but each spot has its own covered table, and with most, you can park so your awning does the shade work for you. This campground seems to be geared toward the RV owner, not the tent camper. In June, our campground host was excellent: he ran a "tight ship," letting us know as soon as we arrived that the campground would be quiet--and he was right. It was one of the most peaceful camping weeks we've had at the park. He was very visible yet left us alone. The winter campground host was not there for the first two days that we stayed, and we had some noise issues with other campers--we don't like hearing other people's music when we're trying to relax! We talked with the campground volunteers, who said they couldn't do anything because the noise was loud but not loud enough to bother the whole campground. They did give us the ranger phone number so that we could take care of it ourselves. This was disappointing. Otherwise, if you want a quiet experience, I think this would be the best campground at the Butte. If you want to hang out with other people and party, choose the campgrounds on the lake. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Lions Beach 84
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Details

Site Number
A-56
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers

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Review Count: 292
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 49

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
69
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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