Elephant Butte Inn Blog
Posted January 2, 2014
Emory Pass..exit 63 off of I-25 and head west on Hwy 152 approximately 35 miles (the scenic route to Silver City). Located in the Black Range at an elevation of over 8,200 feet this area with its walkable trails offers not only panoramic views but wonderful birding in coniferous and mixed forest.
Some southwestern specialties are Painted Redstart, Olive Warbler, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee, Dark-Eyed Junco, Pine Siskin, among others. The area between Hillsboro and Kingston in the Pinyon-Juniper woodlands offers good birding, during breeding season, from marked forest dirt roads that are accessed off of Hwy 152. Take your time and enjoy this wonderful drive!!
Posted December 16, 2013
Animas Creek has the only stand of Arizona Sycamores east of the Continental Divide attracting southwestern riparian species such as Bridled Titmouse, Elf Owl, Brown Crested Flycatcher, Verdin, Cactus Wren and Acorn Woodpecker. Exit 63 off of I-25 east to frontage road and turn left onto Hwy 187 heading north. Look for paved road on left that heads west (marked by Animas Creek Nursery sign). This is all private land and birding should be done on and along the road which runs about 5 miles with the potential to see some SE Arizona birds.
Posted December 14, 2013
Percha Dam State Park: 20 miles south of T or C on Hwy 187 or Exit 59 off I-25. This park acts as a migrant trap along the Rio Grande and is considered to be the best birding site for land birds along the entire river. The Park can be spectacular during migration "I've seen the trees dripping with warblers"...Jerry Oldenettel, avid birder and ABA member. In early May look for Warblers, Buntings, Tanagers, Sparrows and Vermilion Flycatcher. Mid April to mid May and late august through September are peak migration periods. Spring and fall bring species such as White-Throated Swift, Olive-Sided Flycatcher, Savannah Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Black and White Warbler, American Redstart and Nashville Warbler just to name a few. "The river is a lifeline for migrating and nesting birds, and the surrounding desert only concentrates the birds for us"...Art Arenholz, member ABA and Audubon Society. A must see!!
Posted December 13, 2013
Caballo Lake State Park: Exit 59 off of I-25 or 15 miles south of
T or C along Hwy 187. Known as the best site for gulls in the state, the northern end of this lake offers water and short birding opportunities which are excellent in winter and during migration seasons of spring and fall. A nominal entrance fee is required and a spotting scope or boat will make this a rewarding stop. Look for Western and Clarks Grebes, Double-Crested and Neotropic Cormorants and White Pelicans. Check with the Visitor Center for a complete bird list. 575-743-3942
Posted December 12, 2013
Paseo Del Rio State Park: Exit 79 or 75 off of I-25 two miles east of T or C on Highway 51. This riparian canyon south of Elephant Butte Dam features the Rio Grande River as well as upland scrub.This pocket park is underutilized and locals consider it to be a real treasure. Look for Bell's Vireo, Northern Parula, Phainopepla, pyrrhuloxia, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Gambles Quail, Killdeer, american Coot, Gadwall and Hooded Merganser.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org://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, email@example.com://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,firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,email@example.com.
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)