|The historic Dam Site Lodge at Elephant Butte Lake.|
and fantastic fishing make a stay in the lodge or
cabins at Elephant Butte’s Dam Site a great spring getaway. hot springs
“We absolutely loved staying here,” said Brenda Provins of LaPeer
who spent six weeks with her husband staying in one
of the Dam Site’s recently restored historic cottages. “It was a great
Visitors to the Dam Site also can spend a night in one of eight well-appointed rooms within the historic lodge or rent one of the Civilian Conservation Corps (
CCC) built rock cabins overlooking the lake formed behind the
|A lodge room featuring artwork by Degrazia.|
Neal Brown is president of Lago Rico Inc. which operates the Dam Site lodging and three marinas on the lake under license with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Brown and his crew of craftsmen have been restoring the Dam Site’s historic buildings since taking over the operation from New Mexico State Parks in 2015.
“It’s been a labor of love,” he says of his efforts to restore and improve the accommodations offered at the Dam Site. “But it’s worth it to preserve one of the prettiest places in the southwest.”
Visitors relaxing on the lodge’s veranda or a cabin porch are afforded a great view of the lake’s namesake, Elephant Butte.
And it’s just a quick drive down the lake’s edge to fish for bass and other species, especially during the spring when angling conditions improve.
Above the lodge and cabins guests will find a park constructed by
CCC workers featuring barbecue grills and shelters with even more great
views of the lake.
Evidence of the
CCC handiwork during the Great Depression can be seen everywhere at the Dam
Site which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
|Statute honoring CCC workers.|
CCC was a Depression-era government program that provided unemployed men
jobs and housing in work camps around the country. There are many such sites in
and for more information please visit the State
Historian’s website at http://newmexicohistory.org/people/great-depression-and-new-deal-in-new-mexico-1929. New Mexico
Guests at the Dam Site will find plenty to do in the area.
In the nearby town of
or Consequences visitors can bask in the waters from
natural Truth offered at several different establishments. hot springs
|A private hot tub with a view overlooking the Rio Grande at Riverbend Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences.|
The town also boasts one of the state’s oldest and best steakhouses, plenty of great shopping and the
. Geronimo Springs Museum
The nearby town of
caters to anglers and offers many different access
points to the lake throughout the state park. Elephant Butte
A drive around the surrounding countryside reveals miles of remote desert and expansive scenery in every direction.
|Spaceport America in the desert outside of Elephant Butte Lake.|
The federal Bureau of Reclamation operates the dam and is pleased with the restoration work Brown is doing to the historic structures.
“He has taken on a lot of this work on his own, invested a lot and is doing a fantastic job there,” said Mary Carlson of the Public Affairs office of the federal Bureau of Reclamation in Albuquerque.
|A restored CCC built cabin at the Dam Site.|
Those interested in helping with the restoration cause need only rent a room at the lodge or a cabin or cottage. The Dam Site also offers campsites for recreational vehicles. For more information and reservations visit www.thedamsite.com.
|Interior of a CCC built cabin under restoration at the Dam Site.|