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 »