Elephant Butte
Travel Guide

Elephant Butte showing tranquil scenes and a lake or waterhole

Climb ochre hills and follow the mossy shoreline of the scenic state park, a destination for camping, kayaking and fishing.

Elephant Butte is a town located on a large reservoir of the Rio Grande that shares its name with a sprawling state park. The picturesque region is studded with the red rock formations of the Jornada del Muerto desert basin, one of which is shaped like an elephant. Try thrilling activities and relax at hot spring spas in Elephant Butte.

Most visit the town to explore the Elephant Butte Lake State Park that lines the eastern outskirts of the town. Sunbathe on the pebbly beaches that offer panoramic views of New Mexico’s largest lake and its surrounding red hills.

Follow some of the 15 miles (24 kilometers) of scenic trails on foot or by mountain bike to reach the secluded regions of the park. Go fishing from one of the piers or try scuba diving, sailing and water skiing in the park.

See the landmarks of the town of Elephant Butte, such as the Church at the Butte and the Turtleback Mountain Resort. This luxury resort is home to the Sierra del Rio Championship Golf Course amid stunning mountainous scenery.

Visit the neighboring town of Truth or Consequences, where the odorless and therapeutic hot springs have created a spa culture. Wander through its old town center to admire the works of art in Las Palomas Plaza.

Take a guided tour of Spaceport America, just 1-hour southeast of Elephant Butte by car. Learn about the exciting future of space travel and experience G-force in a simulator. The terminals have fascinating futuristic designs and contain spaceships by innovators Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.

In this area, anticipate scorching summers with countless sunny days and harsh winters with snowy peaks. The town is located on the western shore of the Rio Grande in the serene rocky region of Sierra County. It stands between the towns of Rock Canyon and Truth or Consequences in the central section of New Mexico.

Fly to the Albuquerque International Airport or El Paso International Airport, roughly 130 miles (210 kilometers) away.

Elephant Butte Inn & Spa
Elephant Butte Inn & Spa
2.5 out of 5
401 Hwy. 195, Elephant Butte, NM
The price is $85 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 13
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Elephant Butte Lake State Park and Elephant Butte Reservoir. Geronimo Springs Museum and Spaceport ...
3.9/5Good! (216 reviews)
"We loved sitting outside and watching the quail in the evenings. We had a nice time but I wish the restaurant and bar were still open."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Elephant Butte Inn & Spa
Stay and Play Getaway At Turtleback Mountain Resort
Stay and Play Getaway At Turtleback Mountain Resort
Elephant Butte, NM
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Situated on a lake, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sierra del Rio Golf Course and Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Elephant Butte Reservoir is 3 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
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"Just Love this home and the location! Great set up for a group of gals and a weekend of golf. The home is beautiful and conveniently located in the beautiful Turtleback community. Close to the clubhouse for a cocktail or dinner. This will be our go to rental in the future. Julie made everything so ..."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Stay and Play Getaway At Turtleback Mountain Resort
Luxury Golf Course Living at Turtleback Mountain Resort
Luxury Golf Course Living at Turtleback Mountain Resort
Elephant Butte, NM
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Situated on a lake, this romantic resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sierra del Rio Golf Course and Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Elephant Butte Reservoir and ...
Luxury Golf Course Living at Turtleback Mountain Resort
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Italian Style Villa in Golf Community and Close to Lake. Perfect Getaway!
Italian Style Villa in Golf Community and Close to Lake. Perfect Getaway!
Elephant Butte, NM
This family-friendly Elephant Butte vacation home is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sierra del Rio Golf Course and Elephant Butte Lake State Park. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Italian Style Villa in Golf Community and Close to Lake. Perfect Getaway!
Tealquila Sunrise Getaway
Tealquila Sunrise Getaway
Elephant Butte, NM
Situated on a river, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Elephant Butte Lake State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Elephant Butte Reservoir and Sierra ...
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"This house is SO cute and a great location It had everything we needed and communication with host was great even if it fell through a little on my end, sorry about that. This house is even better than the pictures show and it had a great backyard area."

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

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Tiny House by Big River, on the Rio Grande, by Truth or Conciquences
Tiny House by Big River, on the Rio Grande, by Truth or Conciquences
Truth or Consequences, NM
Situated in Truth or Consequences, this cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Geronimo Springs Museum, Truth or Consequences Veterans Memorial Park, and Caballo Lake ...
Tiny House by Big River, on the Rio Grande, by Truth or Conciquences
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