Historic NM Dam To Offer Tours After Long Closure

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Members of the public haven't been allowed to walk across the historic Elephant Butte Dam 200 miles south of Santa Fe for more than a decade.

Now, on Jan. 7 for one day only, the public can again tour the nearly century-old dam, which has played a key role in water politics and disputes among Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the tour is being offered next month as part of Sierra County's events surrounding its centennial celebrations.

The dam has been closed to visitors since Sept. 11, 2001.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has designated the dam a National Historical Engineering Landmark.

The dam was built to control flooding, resolve cross-border water disputes and supply irrigation to hundreds of farmers.