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Sierra del Rio

May 13th, 2010

Snuggled just six miles from the base of Turtleback Mountain and sprawling throughout the wide open landscapes of the high desert, Sierra Del Rio honors the majestic spirit of the wild southwest. Located in Elephant Butte, NM within the 1,000 plus acres of Turtleback Mountain Resort, Sierra Del Rio Golf Course, is an 18-hole championship daily fee facility with full amenity clubhouse.

In New Mexico we appreciate our natural resources—both for their beauty and for the life they give. For this reason, we have designed a course that is unique not only in its play design but also in it limited impact on our environment. At Sierra Del Rio, we use environmentally safe organic products throughout the property to protect our water shed and abundant wildlife.

Our beautiful southern New Mexico climate combined with our draught tolerant grasses allows the course to maintain its green coloring throughout the year. The organically grown greens are covered with bent grass that offers some of the smoothest putting surfaces found in this part of the country.

At Sierra Del Rio, we believe that playing golf should be a beautiful experience—one that allows you to immerse yourself in a game among a unique design of greens, fairways, and teeing grounds but also one where you will bask in the natural and abundant landscapes that quietly and majestically surround your play. Our design team has created a premier course with 18 memorable holes while preserving the natural environment that has existed here for ages.

Gone Fishing in Elephant Butte

March 1st, 2010

I have to admit … I’ve lived here permanently eight years and had never gone to Elephant Butte.  Fishing has never been at the top of my priority list but that all changed with the introduction to Frank Vilorio, ace fishing guide and someone you would want to share a brew with after a great day on the water.

Frank has been a guide on Elephant Butte Lake for years and he knows every nook and cranny of the lake.  I found this out right away when he put down the anchor in a little cove and said it was time to catch the bait we would use that day.  Catch bait?  Now there’s something I hadn’t heard of before … I thought you bought the bait in a store!  Nope, Frank says you have to use live fish to catch fish.  He was right!

Off we went and before long we were hauling in White Bass and looking for the elusive big Striper Bass.  Jordan and Heather from Wyoming were along with us and Jordan showed us the “biggest” fish in the lake … about three inches long.  But the second bite was one much bigger and the kind that would fit nicely into a campfire cook stove.  We, of course, caught and released.

We were all enjoying the pristine New Mexico day – lots of sunshine and beautiful surroundings – when Heather snagged a Striper!  This one was at least 15 pounds and gave Heather a nice fight before landing this “baby” in the boat.  After everyone got to take a look this great fish was also returned to its native habitat.

Frank had us on the lake for about six hours and we could have stayed longer had we not had more filming to do for Travel Guide New Mexico.  But he was quick to invite us back and we’ll take him up on that offer.

If you want to see some of the trophy fish that Frank has engineered for his charter participants check out his website and www.stripersnewmexico.com.  Now these are some fish!

Thanks, Frank, for a great day at Elephant Butte.  To see more click on our Elephant Butte video.  And remember … Elephant Butte is New Mexico’s largest lake.  In addition to fishing the boating and camping are terrific!  Enjoy …

Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa

November 4th, 2009

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Built in 1929, Sierra Grande Lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places. The transformations it has undergone in the many years since its origination as the first bathhouse have been extensive and varied. The Vera Hotel has undergone many transformations since it was floated down the Rio Grande from Elephant Butte to perch high above the town of Truth or Consequences. The Vera Hotel now serves as our conference & meeting facility purchased in 1991 by Serge & Guy Raoul, of Raouls Restaurant in NYC.

Serge discovered the area through friend and local artist, Delmas Howe, and was deeply moved by the power of the water, earth and spirits of the region. He wanted to honor these, while re-establishing the tradition of healing, transformation and self-discovery. Sierra Grande Lodge, as the original bathhouse, tapping the source of the geothermal water was his natural choice to establish such a place. The transformations and renovations have been extensive and on many levels. Even if you are just passing through we encourage you to stop in for a tour and of course a soak in the magical Hot Spring water.

Sierra Del Rio Golf Course

November 4th, 2009

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Snuggled just six miles from the base of Turtleback Mountain and sprawling throughout the wide open landscapes of the high desert, Sierra Del Rio honors the majestic spirit of the wild southwest. Located in Elephant Butte, NM within the 1,000 plus acres of Turtleback Mountain Resort, Sierra Del Rio Golf Course, is an 18-hole championship daily fee facility with full amenity clubhouse.

In New Mexico we appreciate our natural resources—both for their beauty and for the life they give. For this reason, we have designed a course that is unique not only in its play design but also in it limited impact on our environment. At Sierra Del Rio, we use environmentally safe organic products throughout the property to protect our water shed and abundant wildlife.

Our beautiful southern New Mexico climate combined with our draught tolerant grasses allows the course to maintain its green coloring throughout the year. The organically grown greens are covered with bent grass that offers some of the smoothest putting surfaces found in this part of the country.

At Sierra Del Rio, we believe that playing golf should be a beautiful experience—one that allows you to immerse yourself in a game among a unique design of greens, fairways, and teeing grounds but also one where you will bask in the natural and abundant landscapes that quietly and majestically surround your play. Our design team has created a premier course with 18 memorable holes while preserving the natural environment that has existed here for ages. At Sierra Del Rio, not only will you savor each minute of play, you will find peace in the awesome vistas as you lose yourself in our high southwestern desert oasis.

Elephant Butte – A Recreational Paradise

July 18th, 2009

City, lake, state park, reservoir, and a geologic landmark: they all spell FUN. Located just off I-25 South, this multi-purpose outdoor area is home to New Mexico’s largest waterway, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Thousands of people flock to Elephant Butte annually to enjoy the lake’s offerings such as boating, water sports, camping, windsurfing, scuba diving, swimming, fishing, bird watching and a variety of great events.

Elephant Butte is named after a geologic formation bearing the shape of an elephant. The famous landmark is an island in the lake located near the dam. The City of Elephant Butte offers travelers and water lovers a variety of options including motels, restaurants, fishing and boating services and campgrounds.

Natural hot mineral springs abound in nearby Truth or Consequences, offering up healing waters and relaxation in many mineral pools and spas. Wildlife areas with birding trails provide aviary viewing opportunities, and several golf courses provide additional sporting options. Set on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert, with warm temperatures, Elephant Butte provides year-round recreational opportunities to adventure seekers of all ages and interests.

For more information about Elephant Butte, New Mexico, visit the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce.

Striper Fishing in Elephant Butte

April 29th, 2009
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Striper fishing is one of the greatest adventures you can have on Elephant Butte Lake in Elephant Butte, New Mexico. The striped bass is one of North America’s most unpredictable fish, and expert fishing guide Frank Vilorio, striped bass fishing Guide for Land of Enchantment Fishing Adventures can ensure that your striper fishing trip is fulfilling and you are able to take home your fill of striped bass.

Frank Vilorio is the top rated Fishing Guide at Elephant Butte Lake with more than 15 years experience as a full time professional guide. Elephant Butte fishing trips will be a memorable experience with friends or family members. Elephant Butte Striper fishing can be as Hot as New Mexico’s Hatch Chile!

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