ELEPHANT BUTTE – Roger Pattison brought his Polaris RZR side-by-side to stop alongside a dry arroyo where sometime in the not-too-distant past, a raging torrent had engulfed a portion of the dirt road.
“Mother nature can always outdo us,” he said. “We’re just riding on the roads. Now if somebody is carving paths up and down that hill, then I would say that is wrong.”
With the Rio Grande so low, it’s an easy ride for Roger Pattison of Elephant Butte Adventure Center to ford the once-mighty river. (Glen Rosales/For the Journal)
Pattison, who spent more than two decades as a real estate developer in northern New Mexico, moved here during the summer to open the Elephant Butte Adventure Center. Backed by Polaris and supported by a friendly business environment trying to encourage more eco-type local tourism, Pattison has been exploring the untold back-country miles of roads in Sierra County. His fleet includes…