The 10 Best Things to Do in Elephant Butte, United States

October 11, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Elephant Butte is a city in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States, near Elephant Butte Reservoir and State Park. The population was 1,390 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Elephant Butte

1. Elephant Butte Lake State Park

101 Hwy 195, Elephant Butte, NM 87935 +1 575-744-5421
Excellent
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4 based on 178 reviews

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Reviewed By Uncle-AL-and-Co - Victoria, Texas

I enjoyed Elephant Butte, even though I went alone, tent camping, in winter no onectreated me crazy! They had a fantastic and welcoming festival that had all the beautiful families of the area come together in support of their community. It made me want to move to the area.

2. Riverbend Hot Springs

100 Austin St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901-3302 +1 575-894-7625
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 434 reviews

Riverbend Hot Springs

Located in the historic town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and near Spaceport America, Riverbend is an affordable, smoke free, hot springs spa and resort, where guests can relax in a beautiful, laid back environment. It is one of the best hot springs in the southwest for its clean, comfortable pools and its unmatched views of the Rio Grande River and Turtleback Mountain.Guests choose from various public and private pools ranging in temperature from 101 to 108 degrees. They can soak in the mineral-rich, therapeutic waters by the hour, day, or stay the night and soak for free. From newly renovated and smoke free suites, family rooms or cottages, Riverbend has accommodations for most tastes and budgets and is dog friendly.Riverbend is walking distance to eclectic downtown T or C and its historic attractions, shopping, restaurants and art galleries. Outdoor recreation is found at the nearby Gila National Forest and Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes. Riverbend is located on I-25 between Las Cruces and Albuquerque and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day of the year.

Reviewed By Sumakmonkey - Jemez Springs, New Mexico

The place is nice, calm and relaxing, but the owners are anything but relaxing. They are rule fanatics. However if they screw up, the rules do not apply to them. We were there in plenty of time for our 6pm soak, but they did not let us into our private room until 6:10, and then kicked us out promptly at 6:50, giving us 40 min when we paid for 50. The husband is a bit of a sanctimonious forkwit who blamed his wife for the screw up. Real classy. Plus they charge extra for a crummy towel, 2$ each.

3. Geronimo Springs Museum

211 Main St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901-2838 +1 505-894-6600
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 236 reviews

Geronimo Springs Museum

Reviewed By catherineh417 - Albuquerque

Featuring everything from the area's local history, this carefully curated cultural museum will shock you with how much they have and how the rooms just go on and on and on. Well worth spending some time there if you don't know anything about Truth or Consequences or the region.

4. Land of Enchantment Fishing Adventures

313 Odessa Ave, Elephant Butte, NM 87935
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5 based on 16 reviews

Land of Enchantment Fishing Adventures

Reviewed By ewemama00 - Tucson, Arizona

Land of Enchantment Fishing Adventures is located just off I-25 in Elephant Butte, NM near Truth or Consequences, NM. Frank is knowledgeable, helpful, and a great guy to have as your guide. He runs his business in a professional, yet casual manner. If you enjoy canine company, Frank's RR "Anchor" is a willing and capable fishing companion. He and Frank helped us to achieve the maximum benefit of our time spent fishing with them. Never a dull moment and plenty of action. Lots of fish caught while we were out. Wear appropriate clothing for fishing off a boat, and it is advisable to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring your own drinks and snacks if desired. We fished the afternoon we arrived there, and then again the following morning. Plenty of time for a great experience!

5. Sierra del Rio Golf Course

101 Clubhouse Dr., Elephant Butte, NM 87935 +1 575-744-4653
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Snuggled just six miles from the base of Turtleback Mountain and sprawling throughout the wide open landscapes of the high desert, Sierra Del Rio honors the majestic spirit of the wild southwest. Located in Elephant Butte, NM within the 1,000 plus acres of Turtleback Mountain Resort, Sierra Del Rio Golf Course, is an 18-hole championship facility with full amenity clubhouse. Sierra Del Rio is home to the New Mexico Shootout where players such as Nancy Lopez, Natalie Gulbis, and Rosie Jones have challenged the course.

Reviewed By Martha B - Dewey, Arizona

With a rather limited menu, this restaurant has much improved under new management. Weather permitting, sit out on the deck and enjoy your food while overlooking the beautiful golf course. Located in the small desert town of Elephant Butte, NM, the green manicured turf is a pleasant escape for dinner. The food is good and the full bar is enjoyable in the evening.

6. Veterans Memorial Park

996 S Broadway St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901-3198 +1 575-894-0750
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Veterans Memorial Park

Reviewed By pepper13420 - Placitas, New Mexico

Very small town with impressive Veterans Memorial! Hats off to the Curator! He is an amazing, organized and thorough person who has amassed a great collection! I was particularly impressed with the buttons representing different wars and battles--hundreds of them meticulously mounted and documented. Even if you are not a Veteran or a war buff, this is a gift! There is no admission. The volunteer was not very helpful, but when my husband made a big effort to engage him, he opened up and was more receptive. With these kinds of places, it's all about the volunteers. They can bring a place alive and make even the dullest displays relevant. Unfortunately, this volunteer was there mainly just to keep the place open. Even that is appreciated!

There's a helicopter outside mounted high on a metal palm tree--pretty amazing!

7. Zia Kayak Outfitters

310 Rock Canyon Road, Elephant Butte, NM 87935
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5 based on 3 reviews

Zia Kayak Outfitters rents and sells kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards and all the accessories. Rentals are a flat fee good for 24 hours. You'll also find tournament quality fishing equipment. Conveniently located near New Mexico's largest reservoir where there's plenty of room for safe kayak adventures. Also near the Rio Grande for river exploring.

Reviewed By tcbcoder - Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Service is awesome all my questions answered and always willing to help. They have a many types of Items to choose from whether you are looking for Kayaks or Fire arms and equipment

8. Dave's Fishing Guide Services

Elephant Butte, NM
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5 based on 2 reviews

Dave's Fishing Guide Services

We provide fishing guide services on Elephant Butte Lake in New Mexico. Join us for 4-5 hours on the water and leave with fish for dinner!

Reviewed By Ken R

We spent 5 hours fishing on Elephant Butte. Dave is a great fishing guide and we caught a ton of white bass. He takes the time to help beginners, and runs a family friendly charter. Would definitely book again!!

9. Grasshopper Silk

509 Bass Rd, Elephant Butte, NM 87935 +1 575-740-4958
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5 based on 2 reviews

Grasshopper Silk

HI I'm Sandy Hopper owner/artist at Grasshopper Silk, which is a working fiber arts studio specializing in silk painting, felting and instruction. I instruct a variety silk painting and felting classes plus I have "One of One" original Silk Painted and Felted Fiber Art that includes scarves, Ruanas, shawl, jackets and wall hangings available for purchase here at the studio. Enjoy the beautiful views of Elephant Butte Lake, the surrounding desert and our seasonal flower garden during your visit.

Reviewed By misty d - tumon

I was visiting Elephannt Butte when I saw a flyer for one of Sandy's introductory silk painting classes that she offers once a month. I love meeting and supporting local artists and I'm so glad I decided to give it a try!
The Grasshopper Silk studio was easy to find, the studio, which doubles as a botique for her beautiful work, was clean, well lit and had plenty of room for us to move around in. After offering us herbal tea to sip on Sandy gave is a brief history of silk painting, showed us some basic techniques and then we were working on our own individual pieces. At the end of the three hour class we each had a piece of silk to take home! It was so much fun that some friends and I are are returning for a girl's weekend later in the summer and have booked a private two day workshop.
The Grasshopper Silk Studio is listed on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail which is a wonderful tool for meeting, interacting with and supporting local artists of all mediums.

10. Sports Adventure

3310 Rock Canyon Rd., Elephant Butte, NM 87935
Excellent
67%
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Sports Adventure

We are a full service marina offering boat & jet ski rentals. We also have slip rentals, marine grade fuel, retail store, and a pizzeria.

Reviewed By 14kftview - Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rented Seadoo for an hour, had a great time on Elephant Butte. The rental was reasonable and it was a new seadoo. Staff was informative and friendly. Besides riding the waves got to see ducks diving, fish jumping and heron flying over the water.

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