Caballo, New Mexico

Caballo Lake State Park entrance

Caballo is located 16 miles south of Truth or Consequences on Highway 187.

Caballo New Mexico is home to Sierra County's second lake, Caballo Reservoir, framed by one of Sierra County's many beautiful backdrops: the Caballo Mountains. Caballo Lake State Park sits between the lake and Highway 187.

Caballo Lake in Southern New Mexico

Fun Facts: The radio and TV towers visible on the Caballo Range’s Timber Mountain are at an elevation of 7565 feet, the highest point of the Caballo Range. On the southern end of the range is a formation called The Sleeping Indian.

Caballo Lake and Mountains, Old Highway 187, Sierra County New Mexico

Caballo Lake is down-stream from Elephant Butte Lake. It is smaller and quieter than Elephant Butte but with similar fishing and water sports opportunities.

In times of low water levels, motorized water craft are prohibited at Caballo Lake. Call 575-743-3942 for more information.

Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are allowed any time, as are camping and fishing.

Exceptional birding opportunities await you at Caballo year-round, whether you are out on the water, wandering the park’s vast cactus gardens — home to yucca, century plants, ocotillo, prickly pear and more — relaxing at a campsite, or exploring the mountains.


Located 20 miles downstream from Elephant Butte, Caballo Lake offers RV & tent camping, kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching.

Retail and Refreshments

Caballo Tavern

13914 Highway 187,

An authentic dive bar with a pool table, occasional karaoke & deejay, full liquor license.

Vineyard, tasting room, bottled wine and beer.

Lil Abners

14422 Highway 187,

If you see a boat sticking out of a building, that’s Li’l Abners. The store stocks groceries and snacks, ice, fishing supplies including some live bait, and more.

RV Parks

# OF SITES: 135 sites between Percha and Caballo campgrounds; 63 have electricity

Daily: $10 for a developed site. $18 for a site with hookups. Park fee waived with rental.

Percha Dam State Park features camping, picnicking, fishing and some of the best bird-watching available on the Rio Grande. see a map

# OF SITES: 31

Daily: $18. Weekly: $95. Monthly: $160 plus electric or $279.97 with electric included.

We have a convenience store on-site that sells groceries, propane, gasoline and diesel. The park has views of Caballo Lake and mountains and is just minutes from scenic Hillsboro, Truth or Consequences, and Elephant Butte. All sites have 30/50. 12 of our sites have phone hookup capability. We have 4 sites for tent campers. Pets must be leashed and picked up after.

# OF SITES: 170 sites between Caballo and Percha Creek campgrounds; 63 have electricity

Daily: $10 for a developed site. $18 for a site with hookups (dump station, not sewer). Park fee waived with rental.

The Caballo Mountains serve as a majestic backdrop for the lake and park. Guests can enjoy a full array of water recreation, winter waterfowl watching, and cactus gardens in bloom. We don’t have a pool but you can swim in the lake. see a map

# OF SITES: 19 full hookups, 6 dry camp sites

Daily: $15. Monthly: $150 plus electric.

We’re located on the east (lake) side of Highway 187, with beautiful lake and mountain views. 7 of our spaces are partly shaded with trees. Our park has a game area, activities, happy hour, guided tours, gold panning, covered patio, clubhouse, and picnic tables. Caballo Lake is within walking distance. You may borrow our telephone if you use your own phone card. We welcome pets, and just added a dog park! Pets must be leashed and cleaned up after.

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