Cochiti Lake

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Cochiti Lake

New Mexico

(505) 465-0307

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Overview

Cochiti Lake, located in Sandoval County, New Mexico and within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Nation on the Rio Grande about 50 miles upstream from Albuquerque, is a destination for its great outdoor activities and beautiful beach. The lake offers two public recreation areas for visitors to enjoy; the Cochiti Recreation Area on the west side of the lake and the Tetilla Peak Recreation on the east side. Each recreation area has a boat ramp for launching vessels. A visitor center is open to the public near the Park Headquarters. Spectacular scenic overlooks are on both sides of the lake. Tetilla Peak Recreation Area is open April through October, while Cochiti is opened year-round. Cochiti Dam is one of the four Corps of Engineers projects for flood and sediment control on the Rio Grande, operating in conjunction with Abiquiu, Galisteo, and Jemez Canyon Dams.

Cochiti beach is one of the nicest beachrd in New Mexico, with its beautiful soft sand and scenic views. Visitors bring pop-up shelters, gas barbeque grills, and chairs and spend most of the day having fun at Cochiti Lake. The Cochiti Lake staff has been working to make the beach larger, constructing more shelters, and providing more parking areas to make everyone welcome.

Map of Cochiti Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 35.649149, -106.341322

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Activities

  • Boating

    The lake offers two public recreation areas where one can enjoy boating; the Cochiti Recreation Area on the west side of the lake and the Tetilla Peak Recreation on the east side. Each recreation area has a boat ramp for launching vessels.

  • Camping

    Campsites are also available in both recreation areas, the Tetilla Peak Recreation Area and the Cochiti Recreation Area. Campsite amenities may include electricity, site pull-through parking, group camping, and RV sanitation stations.

  • Fishing

    Visitors have opportunities to fish in the recreational areas.

  • Hiking

    There are hiking trails in Cochiti Recreation Area, some of which are interpretive hiking trails offering historical facts about the area.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic tables and group picnic areas in both recreational areas. There is a playground in Cochiti Recreation Area.

  • Water Sports

    Cochiti beach is one of the nicest beaches in New Mexico, with its beautiful soft sand and scenic views. Visitors bring pop-up shelters, gas barbeque grills, and chairs and spend most of the day having fun at Cochiti Lake. The Cochiti Lake staff has been working to make the beach larger, constructing more shelters, and providing more parking areas to make everyone welcome.

Directions

Driving

From Santa Fe, S on I-25 to exit 264, W on Hwy 16 and N on Cochiti Hwy (Hwy 22). From Albuquerque, N on I-25 to exit 259, NW on Hwy 22.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(505) 465-0307

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