Monday, April 9, 2012

Cheesehead Travels: Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Last week my husband and I traveled to New Mexico.  What made us go to New Mexico?  We wanted to go somewhere warmer then Wisconsin, and we didn't want it to be a state we had already visited.  We didn't have any plans in mind for our vacation, except to get away and relax.

Elephant Butte, is a small town outside of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where we stayed.  It was very unexpected for us to find a lake in New Mexico.  Elephant Butte Lake is a man made reservoir formed in 1916 when a dam was built on the Rio Grande river.   40 miles of lake surrounded by great beaches and mountain landscape.

The lake and town got it's name from the volcanic core that sits in the lake that some say look like an elephant.  It's a beautiful lake, and I can only guess that during the summer it's a very popular spot.  The park is open year round, and is very popular not only for boating and swimming but also fishing.  I was just blown away by the spectacular views!

The volcanic core known as Elephant Butte
Views of the Lake
Part of the Elephant Butte Dam
The Elephant Butte Dam
Views of the lake
One of the many beach areas
The marina at Elephant Butte Lake


Rohrerbot said...

Beautiful views. Nice weather as well I bet:) We went down to Mexico and got the usual color:) That's a beautiful area of New Mexico. Hope you guys had a nice time. It's nice when you can get away for awhile from home and glad you both did.

Hosta Nerd said...

We really liked this area of New Mexico. We plan on visiting again in the future. We rented a house that had a natural hot spring tub.