Elephant Butte is a city in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States, located near Elephant Butte Reservoir and Elephant Butte Lake State Park. The population was 1,431 at the time of the 2010 census.
Elephant Butte was named from Elephant Butte, a butte nearby thought to resemble an elephant.
Elephant Butte is located at 33°11′23″N 107°13′22″W (33.189809, -107.222873).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all land.
As of September 2020, the current mayor of Elephant Butte is Edna Trager, while Vicki Ballinger serves as city manager.
At the 2010 census there were 1,431 people in 772 households, including 464 families, in the city. The population density was 477.0 people per square mile. There were 1,316 housing units at an average density of 438.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 2.9% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.6%.
Of the 772 households 7.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 9.3% of households had individuals under 18 years and 56.0% had individuals age 65 or older. The average household size was 1.85 and the average family size was 2.31.