Elephant Butte is a city in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States, near Elephant Butte Reservoir and State Park. The population was 1,431 at the 2010 census.
Elephant Butte was named from Elephant Butte, a butte nearby thought to resemble an elephant. Elephant Butte was the home of the Toy-Box Killer David Parker Ray. Ray is suspected by police to have murdered as many as 60 people while living in Elephant Butte.
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 of it land.
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.