New Mexico's Diamond in the Desert, the City of Elephant Butte (Inc. in 1998), nestled on the shores of New Mexico's largest lake and located between two major metropolitan areas (Albuquerque & El Paso), was named for the extinct volcanic cinder cone that resembles an elephant, located at the south end of the lake by the dam. Elephant Butte offers travelers great motels, restaurants, world-class golf, churches, service stations, bait shops, banks, auto/boat sales & repair, gift shops, fishing & tour guide services and more. Located along the Geronimo Byway, Elephant Butte is a hub for day trips to local historical sites and the Gila National Forest. This clean and quiet community is a great place to get away from it all for a day or a lifetime. The climate is ideal for year-round outdoor activities and special events. So come join us!