Galisteo Dam

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Galisteo Dam

New Mexico

(505) 465-0307

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Galisteo Dam, administered by the Cochiti Lake Project Office, is a dry reservoir and a unique scenic destination in New Mexico. Galisteo Dam is an earthen structure, authorized solely for flood and sediment control. The reservoir contains water only during flood flows and empties as soon as the water can flow through the dam's uncontrolled outlet works. Recreational day use facilities at the dam include picnic shelters, a vault toilet, and a visitor overlook structure. The area is great for mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, hunting, or just for a quick walk to stretch out legs after a long drive on I-25. The dam is near Cochiti Lake, a popular destination for swimming, boating, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Gallisteo Dam is open year-round at no charge, no reservation required. Pets are welcome at the dam and surrounding area.

Map of Galisteo Dam

Latitude, Longitude: 35.461703, -106.208912



  • Picnicking

    The area is a great, easily accesible destination for a picnic. Pets are welcome to join visitors.



From Santa Fe, drive 23 miles south on I-25 to exit 264, five miles east on project access road.

Phone Numbers


(505) 465-0307