South Monticello Campground

View from reserved loop at South Monticello campground, Elephant Butte State Park
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The wind finally died down very early in the morning. Today was an absolutely beautiful day. We went for a good walk this morning and then while John was doing his resistance training I continued to walk and took photos of the campground (needed to wait my turn with the weights). We are at the South Monticello campground which is about 8 miles north of Elephant Butte. This was the campground that everyone we talked to recommended here at the park. The sites are large with good distance between them. Our site looks out toward the lake and is also right across from the shower house. When we don’t have full hook ups we tend to use the shower house at least part of the time. The shower house is clean and the showers are large. We talked about having a fire tonight but the winds kicked up again around 5 so not a wise thing to do. I did go out and check on fire restrictions and there didn’t seem to be any but wind like this is always a sign that we heed. 

The view from our patio
The weatherman just said tomorrow is suppose to be great with only light wind. If that turns out to be true we may take our Sea Eagle kayak out on the lake. I do really like being out in a park setting again. It is quiet and a beautiful setting. I especially love the New Mexico parks. This is our second one; we stayed at Brantley Lake on our way out west and it also is a great park. They are a true bargin too. They charge $14 a night for water and electric. Can’t beat that. So if you visit New Mexico I highly recommend these parks.

Happy Trails..........


  1. This campground and state park sounds wonderful!

    We also like staying in state parks and New Mexico has some of the best values. Our plans are to be out that way next winter and we will definitely check out Elephant Butte. Enjoyed the review.

  2. Sure am looking forward to going back to Elephant Butte. Wonderful pictures. And I hope the wind cooperates for you tomorrow.

  3. We really enjoy the park setting too, but the full hook-ups sure have their appeal....

    We've been trying to keep up with the weight exercises too. It's easy to let it slide. Keep up the good work!

  4. What a nice view from your patio, and you can't beat the price! :)

  5. Do the NM state parks charge a daily fee in addition to the camping fees. We felt the Arizona and California state parks were overpriced because they charged a camping fee plus a hefty daily park fee, as well.
    Your place does look like a beautiful place. We heading through NM on our way home, and may check it out.

  6. Wow, I think this is my favorite place that you've been to so far :)

  7. Cool photo of the reserved loop. How did you extend the photo to fit across the post? What a beautiful place to visit. Thanksk for sharing.


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