The Elephant Butte Historic District, located South and East of the Dam, is the location of the community that sprang up as construction began. The community, often referred to as the Dam Site, was once a thriving city of over 3,000 residents. A smaller community survived here into the early 1960s. The Elephant Butte Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently undergoing a multi-year expansion and rehabilitation to bring honor to its history and ensure the achievements of the many men and women who toiled to create this unique place remain for future generations. The district provides a tangible experience of early 20th century life. Authentic buildings dating back as far as 1907 stand guardian to the thousands of visitors that come every year to stay in the historic lodgings, hike the many unspoiled trails, picnic among the intricate stone lined garden terraces created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, use the facilities of the state’s largest marina, fish, camp and enjoy the many wonderful recreation opportunities at adjacent Elephant Butte Lake.