- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Fourth of July weekend is always big at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, but this year topped them all.

State officials announced Tuesday that a total of 125,325 people visited during the holiday weekend to set an all-time visitation record. It’s also a significant increase from last year’s 98,000 visitors and the 47,000 who showed up in 2013.

State Parks Director Christy Tafoya described the conditions at Elephant Butte, New Mexico’s largest lake, as fantastic.

Water levels are nearly 14 feet higher this year thanks to more rain and runoff.

Officials say the increase in visitors also boosted park revenue and the local economy.

Park revenue totaled more than $100,000 for the holiday weekend. For the fiscal year that ended in June, revenues topped $795,000.


This story has been corrected to show park revenue for the holiday weekend totaled more than $100,000 and topped $795,000 for the fiscal year.

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