2 men golfing at Sierra del Rio

Things To Do while at Elephant Butte

Swimming, jet skiing. Golfing and hiking. Shopping and dining Yes, to all this and more. Elephant Butte offers the best of all worlds rolled into one vacation destination. Take your pick from easy to challenging hiking trails, lake or river fishing, getting the bird’s-eye view of the lake from the Dam site or kayaking secluded coves.



Elephant Butte Lake State Park (site 37) is a premier water bird watching area and has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. In addition, the largest contiguous breeding population of federally endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher nests in the delta bottom lands. If you have time while you are here day trips to Sierra County’s Percha State Park/Caballo Reservoir/Las Palomas IBA (sites 34-36) where over 300 species of birds have been seen and a visit to Emory Pass IBA (site 31) is worthwhile and extremely scenic.

Southwest New Mexico Birding Trail – sites 34-37

Southwest New Mexico Birding Trail – sites 30-31


Elephant Butte Lake is New Mexico’s premiere boating destination! The lake is part of Elephant Butte State Park and offers a family friendly aquatic retreat.

Camping at Elephant Butte Lake

Elephant Butte Lake State Park offers a variety of campsites, from camping on the beach to pull through RV sites with full hook ups.


The lake is recognized as the best managed fisheries in the Southwest. Visit our fishing & hunting information to see some photos and for links to our Fishing/hunting guide member’s websites.

Fishing Report from the New Mexico Dept of Game and Fish


Golf at Sierra del Rio located at Turtleback Mountain Resort


Elephant Butte Lake State Park has several hiking trails. Click for Lakeshore Trail Guide

Pocket maps are available at the Chamber or at the State Park. More area trail information can be found at the Sierra County Tourism website


Discover the beauty, recreation and history of the Elephant Butte area this year. Home to amazing ghost towns, spectacular forest & wilderness areas, Spaceport America and much more.  Experience your perfect day in Elephant Butte and then extend your visit to explore Day Trips!”