Elephant Butte State Park | Established Campground

United States

Details

Verified:
20 days ago
Altitude:
1391.5 masl
Phone:
None
Contributor:
theoysta

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - At Sites
Wifi:
Yes - Average
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Hot
Water:
Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
Yes

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Beautiful campground. Book online (the only way) if you want power/water $14/night plus reservation fee ($4 per night) and an assigned site. Otherwise, boondock anywhere else. Pay $10/night for boondocking at the self-pay station just after the gate. Free hot showers, clean bathrooms. Highly recommend.

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The state parks in NM are great.
Decent price, dump stations. Showers, toilets.
Some of the parks offer primitive parking for $8 and you can still use the services.
Elephant butte one of them.

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Camping here was extremely confusing. There’s nothing online unless you book an electric spot for $14. When you arrive, you’re supposed to pay for a spot ($10 for non electric or $14 for electric) but no where says anything about boondocking for $8 so idk where people were getting that info. We didn’t see a single park ranger or anyone working to ask either. Called and no answer. We ended up staying at a $10 first come first serve spot at the top of the hill instead of risking getting stuck in the sand for $2 less (??????) lol. Decent views, but kind of weird vibe with the desolate reservoir feel. Mediocre / kinda dirty shower, but we went to the riverbend hot springs in town, which was a MUST and great showers there :)

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Only $8 a night to boondock in the park! And then you can use the dump station for free. You can’t reserve this online, just pay when you enter the park. Mostly had excellent Verizon cell service, lost it a few times. Starkly beautiful, quiet, and Plenty of solitude to be found here. I did get my Sprinter van stuck in the sand for a scary bit, but miraculously was able to get myself out.

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This place is massive, several loops/areas, some with electrical and water, some with structures for shade. Showers seem to be open just in the comfort station near the main entrance. For us, the interesting part is the primitive camping areas, which are massive. Lots of people down to the edge of the water, just be mindful of sand, as it may get deep in some areas.

Cell reception and data pretty hit or miss, you need to camp on the higher areas for best speeds. We found an area with good internet in the dispersed area south of Rock Canyon, overlooking the water. Verizon/Visible 100ms ping, 45/10 down/up, excellent for remote work.

(we try to report on cell service for people trying to work off grid; IG: @pampas.overland)

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A large campground with a variety of sites to choose from. We stayed at Lions Beach Loop A (it’s not actually on the beach, but you can see it from up there, photos are from another vantage point), $14 with water & electric. But there seemed to only be one dump station open for the whole campground. Wi-fi was free but pretty weak. Currently only conducting reservations online.

“…located 7 miles north of Truth or Consequences along the shore of Elephant Butte Reservoir. It is the largest state park in New Mexico and surrounds the state's largest reservoir. The 36,000-acre reservoir, created in 1916 across the Rio Grande, is 40 miles long with more than 200 miles of shoreline.”

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one night, We run on motorcycle... only tents , sleep, shower and go

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This place is open only to New Mexico residents. All others are turned away.

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As others have said, decent state park campground. Its a big operation. I stayed in the Desert Cove area, where there were a few spaces open on an Oct Tuesday. Wifi costs $3 for an hour or $8 for 24 hrs, limited to 1 device only. That was a disappointment, but I did have good TMobile coverage at the camp.

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Nice affordable state park. We really enjoyed it. Stayed two nights at Lions Beach Camp at the end of row A. It was a one night site but no one came and kicked us out for a reservation so we stayed two. If there is a reservation on your site you can just move to an open one, we saw others do this. Row B is first come first serve without the one night stay/reservation deal. We liked the end spot because it was right on the desert edge so our son and dog had a nice play area. Gorgeous views.

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Stayed on loop b of Lions Beach campground, this loop is first come first serve. Arrived at 2 and got the last spot . Would not want to be here in high winds as you are surrounded by dirt mounds and driveways. Otherwise everyone very nice , helpful. The walk to the water was deceivingly long ,

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Everything as stated. Lovely to camp on the beach. Warm showers and wifi good near entrance

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$14 for a full service site. wifi included.

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Very good so beautiful .... 10$ for RV.

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Not free but for $8 for a tent site with no service, you still have flush toilets, drinking water and warm showers a short walk from your tent. Wifi is good if you don't go too far away from the serviced campsites. This is not like Boondocking but the park is nice and you can camp right on the beach or wherever you find a secluded spot.

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Overlooking RioGrande fishing swim boat fire pits clean restrooms needs new cleaner remote restrooms did not seem to be cleaned in months however with care one can get by

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