Airstream-inspired Entry Booths Installed at New Mexico State Park

Decision-makers at Elephant Butte State Park in New Mexico, recently commissioned B.I.G. Enterprises, Inc. to fabricate a series of revenue, and checkpoint booths modular in design, and reminiscent of the iconic Airstream travel trailers.

Airstream-inspired booths is now in place at Elephant Butte State Park, New Mexico. (Credit: bigbooth.com)

In the perimeter security industry, B.I.G. is known primarily as a manufacturer of custom, pre-fab guard booths and shelters for high-security corporate and industrial sites. But their expert designers and fabricators aren’t afraid to temporarily leave the familiar world of gun ports and ballistics resistance behind when charged with constructing more whimsical designs, according to a Friday (December 9) news release.

So, the Airstream-inspired booths were just delivered to New Mexico.

Classic examples of American design ingenuity, the Airstream trailers symbolize adventure, exploration, and the freedom of the open road, the exact atmosphere State Park officials wanted their entry portals to create for their valued visitors.

Efficient and evocative, these modular units were fully-fabricated and ready to install, and included rounded-end, glazed windows as design components which aid visibility and complement the overall look and feel of the booths.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park first opened in 1965. Warm waters, abundant camping, picnicking, boating facilities and easy access off I-25 at Truth or Consequences, attract visitors from all over. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A larger, fee booth of the same design, incorporates a comfortable restroom, and an office area. Capturing the Airstream look wasn’t easy, but B.I.G. specializes in truly custom fabrication-work that many pre-fab manufacturers would not attempt to undertake. B.I.G. welcomes manufacturing challenges, and has worked with myriad clients to fabricate unusual and inventive designs for special applications.

B.I.G. booths, shelters, and security command centers are tough, innovative, and enduring. They are easy to install, and are significantly sound. They provide a platform for creativity, security, and maximum flexibility.

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B.I.G. Enterprises, Inc.

Since 1963, B.I.G. Enterprises, Inc. of California has engineered and manufactured a comprehensive line of high quality, high-end, prefabricated security and revenue control booths. Their state-of-the-art selection of pre-assembled buildings include guardhouses, cashier booths, portable shelters, and a variety of custom-made kiosks.

Address: 9702 East Rush Street, South El Monte, CA  91733-1730

Phone: (626) 448-1449 or (800) 669-1449

Website: bigbooth.com

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Elephant Butte has numerous camping and picnicking areas, with more than 200 developed campsites and 100 electrical hook-ups for RVs and trailers. Many campsites have shelters and grills. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Driving Interstate 25 near Truth or Consequences, you can’t miss the gnarled hump of Elephant Butte, rising up out of the blue waters of Elephant Butte Lake. Seen from the west side of the lake, near the 306-foot-high dam that can hold back more than 36,000 surface acres of the clear waters of the Rio Grande River, the butte looks like a reclining elephant, its trunk tucked back toward a hind foot.

Coincidentally, millions of years ago, Stegomastodon, a remote ancestor of today’s elephants, roamed the ancestral Rio Grande Valley. Fossils of this 7-foot-high animal have been found just west of Elephant Butte Lake.

Elephant Butte Reservoir, created by a dam constructed in 1916 across the Rio Grande, is 40 miles long with more than 200 miles of shoreline. Although constructed to provide for irrigation and flood control, the lake is New Mexico’s premier water recreation facility.  A wide variety of water sports are available at the lake, with fishing being one of the most popular.

The mild climate of the area makes this park a popular year-round destination and popular with snowbirds.

Elevation: 4,500 feet

Precipitation: 9.12 inches

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 13, Elephant Butte, NM 87935

Directions: 5 miles north of Truth or Consequences via I-25 exit 83

Phone: (575) 744-5923

Website: nmparks.com/elephant

Worth Pondering…
If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life.

—Georgia O’Keeffe

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