The One Hikeable Lake In New Mexico That’s Simply Breathtaking In The Fall

When folks think of Elephant Butte Lake, they think of boating and time in the water. But did you know that this recreation area also has 15 miles of trails? While others are flocking to the mountains for leaf peeping, head to this state park for a laid-back, crowd-free day of hiking, birding, picnicking, mountain biking and exploring the rest of this park.

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What’s your best memory of Elephant Butte? Did you take time to explore the areas beyond the lake itself?