Hailed as the “Diamond in the Desert,” Elephant Butte is home to the largest lake in the state and Sierra del Rio, a 5-star golf course that has been recognized by Golf Digest magazine as one of the state’s ten best courses. Sierra del Rio features 18 holes, a driving range, a sport shop, and a bar/restaurant with outside seating on an exansive deck overlooking the course. And you can play year-round!The Dam Fishing Guides Marinas
The city’s population swells during the summer, especially on big holiday weekends like July 4, when a huge fireworks show happens over the lake. With a few exceptions, most of the city’s events occur at the state park.
Elephant Butte’s Signature Events
Elephant Butte hosts a fall Balloon Regatta and “Elephant Days,” which celebrates the founding of the town.
The Beachwalk Luminaria Festival and Floating Parade of Lights (2nd Saturday in December at Elephant Butte Lake State Park) is especially festive.
Thousands of luminarias line specially-designed beach paths; visitors enjoy music and food provided at campfires by local organizations and businesses. This popular celebration also includes a parade of illuminated boats, and prizes are awarded at the end of the evening for best-decorated watercraft, RV, home and business in Elephant Butte.