Elephant Butte Inn Blog
Posted August 31, 2012
9/7/2012 - 9/9/2012
Elephant Days - the City of Elephant Butte's Annual Celebration
Mostly on Water Street across from City Hall in Elephant Butte
Events kick off Friday afternoon with a quilt show opening at 2pm, followed by the official opening of the event at 4. Saturday's slate includes live music, a 10am parade, "Show and Shine" car and motorcycle show/judging, and thrilling motocross acrobatics displays by the Brigade FMX team from 3-7pm. The fun continues on Sunday with music from On Call, more motorcycle acrobatics and closing ceremonies. The Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta is happening right next door at the state park, so arrive early to catch the ascent or descent (see below for details).
Balloon glows are also planned for Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting. See the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce website for more info. Most events are free; park entry fees apply to get close to the Balloon Regatta. Contact: Mel Tepper, 575-744-4411 or 224-402-2044.
9/8/2012 - 9/9/2012
32nd Annual Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta
6-10am, Lions Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park (enter through the main gate)
Registration for pilots & skippers (bring proof of insurance and log books) is usually on Friday evening, followed by a reception for pilots, skippers, and sponsors. Events for spectators include Saturday & Sunday daily balloon ascension and the balloon-boat relay race. Skippers meetings are set at 6am Friday and Saturday, with lift-off at daylight. Balloon glows are planned for Friday and Saturday nights in conjunction with Elephant Days (see above). Standard park entrance fees apply. Contact: Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta, Al Lowenstein, 505-821-8558.
C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament
7am-12pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
This fishing tournament began in 1991 and unites volunteers who love to fish with disabled and disadvantaged children for a day of fishing in the outdoors. Spectators must pay park entrance fee. Free for participants. Contact: C.A.S.T. for Kids, Chris Bolen, 575-744-5923 or 575-744-5998.
9/8/2012 - 9/9/2012
Drag Boat Races
8am-4pm, Hot Springs Landing, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Pay the standard park entrance fee to watch drag boats racing on the lake.
Posted August 30, 2012
Geronimo Springs Museum opened in 1972. Highlights include mammoth and mastodon skulls, Native American pottery of Mimbres, Tularosa and Hohokam, and the Ralph Edwards Room. Featured are photographs a...
211 Main Street, T or C
Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, Noon - 5pm
Adults $5.00 Ages 6-18: $2.50
Posted August 28, 2012
Hot Springs Historic District:
There are currently 10 bathhouses in downtown T or C, each one unique! Most are restored in a quaint colorful style. Some offer tiled tubs which are refilled for each bath, others have natural pebble-bottom pools through which the hot mineral water constantly flows. Try them and find your favorite!! For info on all ten, go to: http://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/truth-or-consequences-hot-springs/...
Posted August 27, 2012
Veterans Memorial Park & Museum. Located at 996 S. Broadway, next to NM State Veterans' Home...open daily..free.
You could spend a full day in this great museum. The focal point is a circular grouping of 9 flags. The U.S. flag stands in the center with the NM flag and flags representing each of the U.S. armed forces encircling it. Here is the link to their website: http://
Posted August 27, 2012
I want to start something new on our Blog. I am going to tell you about all the great places and businesses in Sierra County and what makes this area thrive. I hope to get your comments and thoughts!!
Posted August 26, 2012
The Rio Grande, New Mexico's longest river, runs through the entire length of the state.
Posted August 25, 2012
The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe is the oldest government building in the nation. The Spanish built it as part of a fortress during the winter of 1609-1610. In 1909, it was converted to the Palace of the Governors History Museum which houses exhibits on Spanish, Mexican, and American colonization dating back to the late 1500’s.
Posted August 9, 2012
What about those dogs on the road! What to do when you have a dirty pooch in the car? Well....I made one dog-DANDY discovery on a recent trip to Elephant Butte.
Till next time here's my dog-vice for the day!
Keep your pup clean and happy...and everyone will be a High-Stylin' Pup like me, Travelin Jack!
DOGGIE HUGS AND SLURPY KISSES!
Posted August 8, 2012
Listen to our recent radio ad for the Ivory Tusk Restaurant and Tavern!
Posted July 27, 2012
This Week’s Fishing Report
Elephant Butte Lake:
Fishing was good using crank baits, spinners, Flicker Shad, white and chrome Bombers, jerk baits and silver and gold Kastmasters for white bass. We received good reports from anglers fishing the Kettle Top and Long Point areas. Black bass fishing was slow but there were a few fish by anglers using top water lures, crank baits, swim baits, worms and salt craws. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and spinner night crawler combinations for walleye. Fishing was good using worms, stink baits, chicken liver and shrimp for catfish. Mike Sistok along with Martin Testorff and his son Samuel of Roswell caught and released about 100 catfish just north of the Kettle Top area. They were using worms. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps on the main lake were mid to upper 70s and the water level is dropping. The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed.
Fishing was good using crank baits, curly tail grubs, sassy shad, and top water lures for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, minnows and bottom bouncer night crawler combination for walleye. Fishing was slow to fair using shrimp, stink bait and liver for catfish. We have no reports on other species.
Rio Grande River:
Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,550 cubic feet per second. Fishing below Elephant Butte was slow to fair using small swim baits, grubs and sassy shad for a mixed bag of white bass and walleye. We had no reports from below Caballo.