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Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted September 9, 2012



Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted September 8, 2012

Three full-service marinas on Elephant Butte Lake and several boat ramps within the state park offer year-round opportunities for boaters to enjoy sandy beaches and picturesque coves all along the lakeshore. Try your luck at fishing (bass,...
stripers, wall-eye,catfish, crappie!), go wading along sandy shorelines, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in deserted inlets. Elephant Butte Lake State Park is a paradise for campers with plentiful facilities for any style from primitive tent camping to large RVs. Family fun starts here at the Lake!

Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted September 7, 2012

Elephant Butte Lake State Park plays host to a spectacular annual Fourth of July fireworks display attracting over 100,000 folks.  This weekend, the annual Balloon Regatta displays dozens of colorful hot air balloons ascending over the water.  Spring, summer and fall are the seasons for drag boat races and sailboat regattas, all free to the public!

Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted September 2, 2012

Photo: Camping is another favorite year round activity at Elephant Butte Lake.  Over 200 developed campsites and 150 RV hookups offer a scenic outdoor experience.  Comfort stations, dump stations and outdoor showers are available.  The state park also offers picnic shelters, group shelters and playgrounds for campers and day use visitors.
The Luchini Trail is close to the park's main entrance.  The 1.6 mile walking trail introduces visitors to the Chihuahuan Desert vegetation with over a dozen marked plants typical to the area.  Allow 45 minutes.


Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted September 1, 2012

Elephant Butte Lake State Park is New Mexico's largest and most visited state park.  The park offers a large variety of water sports including waterskiing, powerboating, sailboating, canoeing, personal watercrafting, windsurfing, swimming and scuba diving.  Fishing is an ever-popular year-round activity with anglers catching striped bass, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth and white bass, catfish, crappie, carp and bluegills.  The lake hosts many summer bass tournaments and a big fall carp roundup, attracting thousands of anglers.  Three full-service marinas on the lake offer dock space, fuel and other supplies and boat and personal watercraft rentals.  Several boat ramps within the state park provide easy access to the water.  Private guide services and experienced boat and motor repair services are available locally.  As most people have heard, the level of the water is down but it is still the state's largest lake!!

Elephant Days is Back!!

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.

Contact: SWDBA, Ray Vickers, 575-740-0004.


Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted August 30, 2012

Photo: Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit
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 and memorabilia of Ralph Edwards and his radio show telling the story of how Truth or Consequences got its name.
211 Main Street, T or C
Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, Noon - 5pm
Adults $5.00  Ages 6-18: $2.50
Handicapped accessible


Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

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/...

Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

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://torcveteransmemorial.com/

Sierra County: A great place to visit

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!!


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