This is not a resort, but a lodge that has been nicely restored recently. The lodge sits above the lake and marina on state park land. There are two marinas at Elephant Butte. This is the small marina. The lodge was housing for the executives who were involved in building Elephant Butte Dam in the early 1900’s and it is very nicely restored, with many photos of the project on the walls of the hallway. Be sure to check them out.
It is not luxurious, but it is very clean and charming, with hardwood floors throughout and some of the original architectural details remain. The furnishings in the room are somewhat artisan, which means not always the most comfortable but very cute. The beds were fine. About half the rooms open onto the front veranda that runs the length of the lodge. Ask for one of these. We stayed in room 3 which was very large and bright. There is a restaurant next door that is open Friday – Sunday for lunch and dinner and serves basic but good food. We ate at the bar and had a great chat with the very friendly bartender. The grounds are yet to be landscaped.
If you enjoy history and the charm that comes with non-chain lodging, give this place a try.
To check in you walk down a very long path to the marina. It’s not clear when you get there where to check in. Be sure to take your credit card to check in or you will have to walk all the way back up and back down before they will give you your parking pass.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Created in the early part of the 20th century, the Damsite Historic District has been providing lodging for over a century. Guests can choose to stay in the 100 year old Administration Building. This unique property has 8 guest rooms plus a beautiful meeting space. The Historic Civilian Conservation Corps built Lakeview Casitas are beautifully remodeled individual houses. Most of the units have full kitchenettes including stove tops, refrigerators, microwaves, dishes and utensils. Wi-fi is also available in some of the units. Due to the historic nature of the property there are no telephones or televisions. There is someone available on property 24 hours a day in case of emergency. The casitas are the closest lodging to Elephant Butte Lake and Spaceport America. an Boat and Kayak rental are available from the nearby Damsite Marina. The marina also holds a full service retail store with groceries, fishing gear and clothes. There are numerous hiking trails through the ruins and foundations of buildings from the construction of Elephant Butte Dam. The whole facility may be rented for conferences or other events. A 50 person meeting space is available as well as several outdoor rental areas. Tents, Chairs and other rental services are also available. ... more less