Elephant Butte Inn Blog
Posted December 9, 2013
Elephant Butte Lake State Park: Exit 83 or 79 off I-25. Best birded between September and early May. Featuring deep water species and shore birds with North Monticello Point on the lake as the best birding spot. Look for Foster's and Black Terns, Willets and Marbled Godwits, Spotted Sandpipers and Long-Billed Curlew, Western and Clarks Grebes and White Pelicans to name a few. A nominal fee is required to enter the State Park. The visitor Center located on Highway 195 in Elephant Butte can provide a bird list, maps, directions to various birding spots along the shoreline and boat rental information. Call 575-744-5421
Posted December 8, 2013
Posted December 7, 2013
Birding in Sierra & Socorro Counties...over 400 of the state's 502 bird species!! We will spend several blogs dedicated to birding in our area!
"The Box"..on the way to Water Canyon - 7.5 miles west of Socorro on Highway 60 near mile marker 131.5..on the dirt road past bridge, turn south and bear left at fork in the dirt road. Look for Scott's Oriole, Gray Vireo, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Montezuma Quail, Canyon Wren and Canyon Towhee.
Posted December 5, 2013
Holiday events are starting!
Old-Fashioned Christmas6-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesThe evening begins with the annual Christmas Tree lighting in Evelyn Renfro park, after which all can enjoy bonfires, carolers and other performers, and holiday refreshments in downtown T or C. A Live Nativity is at the Baptist Church; businesses are open for holiday shopping; and - ho ho ho - Santa Claus takes requests from the kiddies! Sponsored by MainStreet Truth or Consequences.Cost: free.Contact: Truth or Consequences MainStreet, email@example.com://www.torcmainstreet.org
Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalkdusk, Elephant Butte Lake State ParkA festive annual event, sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, featuring free refreshments at approximately 25 campsites situated along sandy beach paths lit by 4000 luminarias. There will be hayrides, a boat and RV lighting contest, caroling, and of course an appearance by Santa. The EB Rotary Club will be taking donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on NM at their campsite. Guests should enter through the main entrance of Elephant Butte Lake State Park. The Luminaria Walk is sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce. Awards ceremony and Christmas party follows at the Elephant Butte Inn. Band, Cactus Flats, will be playing.Cost: park entrance fee.Contact: Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, Kim Skinner, 575-740-1777.http://elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com
Second Saturday Art Hop - December6-9pm, Downtown T or CGalleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Check the MainStreet Truth or Consequences website for info on opening exhibits and special events.Cost: free.Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, firstname.lastname@example.org://torcmainstreet.org/hop/
Elephant Butte Christmas Arts an Crafts Show9am-3pm, Elephant Butte Community Center, 313 Rio Grande Circle, Elephant ButteElephant Butte Art and Craft Sale has a special variety of items for your Holiday shopping. Fine art, silver jewelry, pecans, gourd art, paintings, hand painted ceramics, yard art, and wonderful food. Do your last minute shopping with us and enjoy our local artists wonderful work. That's the second Saturday in December.Cost: free.Contact: Elephant Butte Christmas Artsand Craft Show, Steph Ross, 575-740-3971,email@example.com.
Regular Main Stream Square Dancing2 - 4 pm, Moose Lodge dining room, 202 W. Smith St, Truth or ConsequencesSundays,check it out - free Tips & Tunes dance from 2pm-2:45pm - no experience required. There are lots of "angels" to help you learn. From 2:45pm-4pm is our weekly Club mainstream square dance open to the public. Come alone, as a couple, or a family. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue has not been temporarily changed. No charge for Tips & Tunes or to watch. $3.00 per person to danceContact: The Sierra Twirlers Square Dance Club of T or C, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted December 2, 2013
New Mexico's only hot springs spa on the banks of the Rio Grande River..
Located in the historic town of Truth or Consequences and near Spaceport America, Riverbend is an affordable, smoke free, hot springs resort and spa, where their guests can relax in a beautiful, laid back environment. Riverbend is known as one of the best hot springs in the southwest for its clean, comfortable pools and its unmatched views of the Rio Grande River and Turtleback Mountain. They feature public and private pools of temperatures between 101 - 108 degrees.
Contact : 575-894-SOAK (7625)
Posted December 1, 2013
The third (and last) marina owned by Lago Rico Inc. is Rock Canyon Marina. It is located down Rock Canyon road off highway 195. Aqua lodges and pontoons are available for rent. As with the other Marinas, fuel for boats and boaters is available. There is a convenient loading dock and the Rock Canyon Service Center. Rock Canyon Marina is home port for many sailboats and starting point for most regattas including the annual Race to the Elephant. Night fishing is available Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information visit www.rockcanyonmarina.com
For Aqua lodge rentals call 575-744-5462
Posted November 29, 2013
Posted November 27, 2013
Today I would like to highlight Lago Rico Inc. the owner of three marinas on Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico's largest lake. Marina Del Sur Marina, referred to by locals as the "main marina" is located directly inside the main state park entrance. It is newly rebuilt with the largest store on the lake and convenient fuel pumps so there is no need to stop the fun to fill up on essentials.
Located adjacent to the main boat ramp, this Marina also specializes in boat rentals. Rentals include speed boats or pontoons. The covered Marina deck is available by reservation for parties or reunions.
For more information visit the website at www.marinadelsur.info
For prices and rentals call 575-744-5567.
I'll highlight the other two marinas later.
Posted November 26, 2013
Posted November 25, 2013
Sierra County is an amazing place...most people don't realize how much there is to see and do here so I am starting this blog...in no specific order...of places to see and things to do and other information I hope you will find interesting. Today I would like to highlight the T or C Veterans Memorial Park. This park is dedicated to the memories of family and friends that have dedicated their lives to the service of our great country. All generations are encouraged to come and experience the "Wall That Heals" as well as other attractions within the park. In February 2003, a half-scale traveling replica of the world-renown Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall made its permanent home in Truth or Consequences, NM. This wall was one of a handful of wall replicas traveling throughout the nation. Since its inception in 1996, more than one million people have visited the Memorial Funds Traveling Wall exhibition. it has made stops in nearly 200 U.S. locales in addition to touring the four Provinces of Ireland. This wall, that was purchased by New Mexico with the assistance of local businessmen traversed the United States for approximately three years until being retired in December 2002.
"The Wall That Heals speaks not only to the loss, but of the lives of 58,420 men and women named on the wall - our parents, children, neighbors and friends" said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund. We are confident that the memorial will become a frequent visiting place for those honoring the service of all who served in Vietnam and in particular, the 399 New Mexicans who made the ultimate sacrifice. This memorial in Truth or Consequences serves as a common gathering place for New Mexicans both young and old to show respect and honor in remembrance.
"The Walk of Education" is fascinating. You take an historical walk along a congressional Medal of Honor shaped path and read our country's history on a monument representing each conflict the United States has been involved in since 1775 up to and including Afghanistan and Iraq. You could easily spend a few hours in this place of honor. In the next blog, I'll discuss the adjacent Hamilton Military Museum.