Destination guide

Back to nature at Elephant Butte Reservoir

Choose a vacation rental near Elephant Butte Reservoir to enjoy the great weather, hot springs, outdoor activities and the largest state park in New Mexico. The dam that created this reservoir on the Rio Grande was a major feat of engineering when it was built in the early 1900s – earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. These days Elephant Butte Reservoir is a popular destination for outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, nature watching and hiking.

Things to do

Out-of-this-world adventures

Alongside the park, the little community of Elephant Butte boasts a scenic golf course and several local restaurants. For wider shopping and dining choices, head to the curiously named town of Truth and Consequences, just a few minutes away. It was named after a 1950s radio show and is known for its hot springs. The town is also home to the futuristic Spaceport America. If you are staying at your Elephant Butte Reservoir vacation rental with kids, don't miss a visit to the family-friendly visitor center. There are also several old forts and mining "ghost towns" in the area which make for enjoyable family days out.


Get outdoors at Elephant Butte Reservoir

Being one of the most popular vacation destinations in this part of New Mexico, there are plenty of reasons to choose an Elephant Butte Reservoir vacation rental. Fringed by sandy beaches, the calm blue waters of Elephant Butte Lake are perfect for all kinds of water sports. Kayakers, jet skiers and windsurfers are all welcome on its waters, boat docks and marinas. The lake is also known for great fishing – you can try your luck with black, white and striped bass, crappie and bluegill. Away from the water, around the park, you can enjoy miles of hiking, mountain biking and accessible trails.


Winter sun in Elephant Butte Reservoir

Located on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, Elephant Butte lays claim to 350 days of sunshine a year – so you can enjoy the outdoor activities year-round. The months from April to June are typically dry and hot with cooler nights. Come July, the nights get warmer, but you can expect thunderstorms at this time of year. However, by October these will have blown over and throughout the winter season until March you can expect pleasantly mild and sunny days, with the colder nights returning.

Natural features

On the lakeshore at Elephant Butte Reservoir

Elephant Butte Reservoir State Park is a great location for birders. Here, you can see water birds and shorebirds, especially between September and May. The lake is the only place in New Mexico where you can spot American white pelicans basking in the sun along the shoreline. In 2014, the lakeshore was the site of a stegomastodon discovery – the fossil is now on display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. If birding and fossil-hunting aren't your thing, just kickback and enjoy the spectacular mountain sunsets, starry skies and sunrises.

Where to stay around Elephant Butte Reservoir?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 23 vacation rentals near Elephant Butte Reservoir. From 16 Houses to 3 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Elephant Butte Reservoir for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Elephant Butte Reservoir?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Elephant Butte Reservoir. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Elephant Butte: 23 vacation rentals
  • Elephant Butte Lake State Park: 23 vacation rentals
  • Cibola National Forest: 312 vacation rentals
  • Sierra del Rio Golf Course: 23 vacation rentals
  • Truth or Consequences Veterans Memorial Park: 23 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Elephant Butte Reservoir! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.