Saturday, April 19, 2014

Elephant Butte State Park (Photo Intensive)


Bikini's, beer, burgers, boats,and beaches. Elephant Butte has them all! I enjoyed it so much I even considered buying that tiki hut houseboat pictured above, but then the beers wore off, and I figured the Turtle would remain my home.

 Maybe one day though if I ever decide to quit the nomadic life I could be beach bum. I did make several phone calls to local marinas, and talked to a few rangers about the legalities of living on a houseboat on the lake. All they could say was you cant do that! Never really got a clear answer on what the exact rules were from any of them. However you can rent a slip, or a mooring. You wouldn't have to worry about being  hassled. Its all about the Benjamin's. Cheapest I found was $175 a month for a mooring not to bad for life on a lake, or those searching for a alternative lifestyle.

Elephant Butte is the largest lake, and state park in New Mexico. The lake is 36000 acres, 40 miles long, and July 4th can gather a whopping 100000 people. Here a a lot more pics :) Had a few internet issue last week so this is 2 posts in one. 

My home for 2 weeks quiet during the week definitely pic up on the weekends. Most dogs in the area run off there leashes on the beach.
Rattle Snake Island. Guess there's a road to it, but a local told me its up 45ft this year.

Free campsite if you have the state pass $10 without. Each has a shelter, firepit, and picnic table.
Squall moving across the lake
Deep sand in a lot of area's. Roads are actually plowed to keep primitive camping accessible. Get out and walk around to find a good campsite. Seen lots of trucks get stuck
Cheap transportation
The freedom I wasn't expecting from living in state parks people are allowed to camp anywhere,
or launch your boat from the beach.
The dirt dam beginning of the hike Elephant Butte dam. 3 miles round trip. 
Scenery to the dam
Dam Hike! Yep that pretty much all yah get to see, because of security measures after 9-11. The dam is 301ft tall and 1674 ft long.

Turtle from the shore.
 
Where the other hiking trail leads. Much better then that dam hike!
$3 Blue moons on tap
Green chile burger. New mexico is known for its green chile harvest. Had fresh roasted green chiles for the first time 2 years ago. Look forward to the season every year.
Ill definitely be going back. There's plenty to do, and see. Groceries are just a few miles, and the views are fantastic. Thanks for visiting! Good Day!

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    1. Thanks, Had a lot of mornings like that.

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  2. You sure found yourself a nice campsite!

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  3. Awesome looking place and here I still sit in Tucson. Bad planning on my park. But yes still heading to Madera next Sunday. Then who knows

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  4. Wow, that really looks like a nice place to stay and relax a while.

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  5. The next to last picture isn't bad either.

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    1. Lol neither is the 3rd to last all very good

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  6. Yes, Elephant Butte was good - up over the lake, too. I'll definitely be going back. Great photos! :)

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  7. You really need to go to the north end of the lake at South Monticello CG. Way fewer people and there are several boondocks locations on the way there.

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  8. After having an "adventure" being towed from sand in the California desert, I avoided driving down to the beach at Elephant Butte. I found a nice hilltop boondock spot instead. Maybe next time.

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