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Elephant Butte Hike and Luminaria Beachwalk

Every year Elephant Butte State Park has a beach walk with over 4,000 luminarias (farolitos for those of you from up north), and I would like to see them this year. This will be my first time in the State park, so I am not sure exactly what to expect, but I called and talked to someone in their office today. The Beachwalk is from 5-8pm, so I suggest we arrive around 3pm and hike along the lake for ~2 hours, then head to the beach to see the luminarias (and maybe the Floating Light Parade). Once we arrive at the state park we will determine where to park and which part of the 10.5 miles trail we will hike (potentially hiking between 3-4 miles). There is supposed to be refreshments (hot chocolate, posole, etc.), for purchase. I would like to be home no later than 10pm, so we should be heading back around 8.

When: Sat, Dec 14; 1:30 (please be on time, we will leave very soon after 1:30)
Where: KMart; Del Rey and Telshore
Distance: ~3-4 miles
Duration: hike ~2 hours. The pace will not be too fast, and the group will take short breaks as necessary. Afterwards ~2 hours at Beachwalk.
Elevation gain: Negligible
Terrain: Flat trail along the South/West shore of Elephant Butte Lake
Skill level: Beginner
Pets friendly: Pets are allowed in the state park, but must be on a leash at all times.
To Bring: Water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, gloves, flashlight, hiking poles (if necessary), warm clothes (layers), money
Cost: $5/car entrance fee for state park, gas money, and money for food during the Beachwalk


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  • Raena

    We hiked between 4 and 5 miles on the trail. The trail was most flat and not often used, sandy in some spots. We watched the moon rise and the sun set. The luminarias were pretty, but not what I expected (many of them were on the road, not on the beach). Got to see the floating light parade.

    December 16, 2013

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