Anytime you visit Elephant Butte you will find plenty to do. Year-round events include Fishing Tournaments, Golf Tournaments and Sailing events/races. Below is a quick view, by month, of events.

Visit our Activities or Day Trips page for other ideas on what to do while you are here. Sierra County Tourism maintains a county-wide event calendar here.


2015 Events Calendar



Elephant Butte Lake State Parkhosts events such as Fishing Tournaments and Sailboat Races/Regattas year-round. Contact 888.NMPARKS or

3/28/2015: Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

Sierra del Rio Championship Golf Course, Turtleback Mountain Resort Entry fee includes green fees, cart, lunch, golf prizes and door prizes. The event raises funds for the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce.
Contact: Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, 575-744-4708.

5/15-17/2015: Kayak Fishing Tournament

2nd Annual Kayak Fishing Tournament. Visit this webpage for more information

5/23/2015: Fly Freedom’s Flag Parade

10 am – 2 pm, Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte State Lake Park. The event begins with a POW/MIA service on D-Dock, Marina del Sur. Decorated boats meet at Dam Site to start the boat parade at noon followed by boats passing by the main boat ramp for wreath toss, playing of taps, and a USAF fly-by. All are invited to decorate their boats, RVs or campsites and join the parade honoring those who’ve served in the military. Directions: Take exit 83 off I-25 and follow the signs to the State Park main entrance and Marina del Sur. Contact: Kandace Dalrymple, 575-744-5567,

6/13/2015: Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cook-Off

11 am, Desert Cove Campground, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Enter the competition and see if your best batch of red or green can win a prize or come on out and vote in the People’s Choice award. Tasting starts at 11 am. Ice cream and hamburgers are also available. Contact: City of Elephant Butte, 575-744-4892,

6/20/2015 – 6/21/2015: Junior Open Fishing Tournament

Registration is on June 19th from 3–6 pm. Tournament action is from 6am – noon both days at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. All other activities are at the Elephant Butte Community Center. Any youth grades K–12 with access to a boat are encouraged to participate in this annual Father’s Day Event. A cookout is held after weigh-in on Saturday; awards are given after tournament action is complete on Sunday. Each contestant must furnish his or her own boat and pay a $15 entry fee. The fee includes gifts, drinks, lunch on Saturday, a t-shirt, and a chance at a trophy. Sponsored by the Elephant Butte Bass Anglers. Park admission fees apply. Contact: Elephant Butte Bass Anglers, Darrell Arthur, 575-740-0119.

7/3-5/2015: Boat & RV Sports Show

Elephant Butte Lake State Parks & the City of Elephant Butte are pleased to announce the Inaugural Boat, RV and Sports show scheduled for the July 4th weekend of 2015.   Proceeds from this show will be used to fund the annual fireworks extravaganza. Visit this webpage for more information.

7/4/2015: 4th of July Fireworks Display

Dusk, Rattlesnake Island off of Lion’s Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Come and see the state’s biggest fireworks show reflected off the largest body of water in New Mexico! Usually occurs on Saturday evening of Independence Day weekend. Contact: Friends of Elephant Butte Lake, 575-744-5923 or 575-744-5421.

8/15/2015 – 8/16/2015:  Elephant Days

Elephant Butte-at-large. Activities include live music, arts, crafts & food vendors, a parade, car, boat & motorcycle show and more! Info: Contact: Alan Briley, 575-744-4892.

9/12/2015 – 9/13/2015: Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

6:30am-10am both days, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Events include a daily balloon ascension and the balloon-boat relay race. Cost: park entrance fee. Sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce. Info: or Contact: 505-307-4142.

9/11/2015 – 9/13/2015: C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament

7 am – noon, 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. Free for participants, but park admission fees apply for spectators. Sponsored by the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation. Info: Contact: 575-744-5923 or 575-744-5998.

10/2/2015 – 10/4/2015: Old-Time Fiddlers State Competition

Ralph Edwards Civic Auditorium, 400 W. Fourth, Truth or Consequences. A wonderful weekend of fun and fiddling, food and dancing. Contact: Zelma Stone, 575-297-4071 or

12/12/2015: Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk

Dusk, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. The Luminaria Beachwalk, sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, features thousands of luminarias lining paths on the beach leading to community-sponsored campsites with posole, cocoa, s’mores, and more! Hop on a hayride, join the carolers, and make a donation to Make-A-Wish at any or all the campsites. Contact: Kim Skinner, 575-740-1777.

12/12/2015:Floating Parade of Lights

The beautiful on-the-water parade begins at 6:30pm. A combination Christmas party / community awards ceremony (for lighting of boats, RVs, businesses, and residences) follows at the Elephant Butte Inn. Contact: Kandace Dalrymple, Lago Rico, 575-744-5567. This event is held in conjunction with the Luminaria Beachwalk.



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