Elephant Butte Lake Photo by Sherry Fletcher Located on the southwestern shore of Elephant Butte Reservoir, Elephant Butte offers residents and visitors mild sunny winters, hot summers moderated by afternoon thunderstorms or lake breezes, and practically perfect weather in the spring and fall. Elephant Butte State Park is the state’s largest park, with camping, boating, and fishing on the 43 mile long reservoir. Three marinas, numerous marine service and storage facilities along with restaurants, a golf course and lodging facilities […] Read more »

Winter at Elephant Butte Lake — birds, boats, and beauty

Elephant Butte Lake at sunset Photo by Sherry Fletcher. “Hi, how’s the weather? It’s snowing? Oh, too bad. We just got back from the lake!” That’s my usual telephone conversation with relatives from the north on winter weekends. In its quieter months, Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico’s largest lake, offers solitude and clarity that summer users will never know. The bright, clear sun, the mirrored lake surface, the warm, still air, describe many days throughout the winter months. Add an […] Read more »

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta and Kite Flying Event

Elephant Butte Lake Annual Balloon Regatta Photo by Julia Cooper The blue skies over Elephant Butte Lake will be dotted with CFO’s (colorful flying objects) during the weekend of April 21-22, 2001. Hot air balloons and kites will soar into the sky early Saturday morning, weather permitting, and will repeat their colorful performance early Sunday morning. The Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta is a unique event in that each hot air balloon is teamed with a boat and its crew.  Balloons […] Read more »

Windsurfing — a little practice is all it takes

A windsurfer at Caballo Lake, a favorite haunt for “wave riders” Photo by Ed Conley. Is windsurfing a popular sport in this desert land of ours? Travel only as far as Caballo Lake on any breezy day and you can witness a dozen or more windsurfers (also known as boardsailors), sporting wide smiles on their wind-blown faces, as they glide seemingly effortlessly over the white capped waters. Most of these sailors are members of the Southern New Mexico Windsurfing Club, […] Read more »

Christmas in Kingston (1882)

Victorio Hotel in Kingston, built in 1883. Christmas was coming to Kingston. The Christmas spirit was in the air. Every burro that came into town over mountain trails packed a Christmas tree, a big bunch of mistletoe, or a branch of red berries. A little of the evergreen went to decorate Mrs. O’Boyle’s cabin where the Catholics of Kingston would gather on Christmas afternoon to celebrate the birth of Christ; some of the holiday green went to brighten up the […] Read more »

The Barber Shop Café — Hillsboro, New Mexico

Built in the 1880’s, the Barber Shop Café offered customers a bath, shave and haircut until about fifty years ago. The building is preserved much as it was—the original mirror still spans the width of the café with a sign stating “Baths 25 cents.” Nowadays, instead of shaves, baths and haircuts, the Barber Shop Café now serves customers the best food for miles around. Barber Shop Café Carrie Felice Carrillo attended Culinary Arts School and ran a catering business in […] Read more »

Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte — each an oasis in the desert

Truth or Consequences Photo courtesy TorC/Sierra County Chamber of Commerce The “Jewel of the Rio Grande,” or Truth or Consequences, is bordered by the San Andres and Black Range Mountains on I-25 between Las Cruces and Albuquerque. It claims its fair share of snowbirds who flock there to enjoy mild winters, lakes and mountains, hot mineral springs, golfing, the El Camino Real Historic Trail, Geronimo Springs Museum and the Auto Museum. T or C was chartered in 1916 as Hot […] Read more »

Caballo, Hillsboro, Kingston, and Lake Valley — water-world and peaceful mountain intrigue

Hillsboro Apple Festival. Photo by Carla DeMarco. Caballo is a town of people who want to live by Caballo Lake and Caballo Lake State Park, too few to warrant a population figure on New Mexico maps. Easily reached on N.M. 90, it sits approximately three miles east of Interstate 25, 15 miles south of Truth or Consequences. Named for the mountains and the likeness of a horse’s head on the north end, it is home to year-round residents, snow birds, […] Read more »

Truth or Consequences — City of Three Names

Postmarks from three cities   Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, universally called T or C, is the third name for that city. When it was first settled it was called Palomas Springs, so named because of the large number of doves (palomas) residing in the cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande. In the early 1800s the area west of the river was considered a neutral place where all Indian tribes could bring their sick or wounded to soak in the […] Read more »