Jemez Canyon Dam
Jemez Canyon Dam, located within the boundaries of the Santa Ana Pueblo Indian Reservation, is a fantastic place for a picnic and to take some amazing photographs. Jemez Canyon Dam, administered by the Cochiti Lake Project Office, is a small reservoir with picnic and overlook facilities. All picnic shelters are covered and have raised grills. There is no access to the water. Jemez Canyon Dam and Reservoir controls floodwaters and retains sediment from Jemez Creek, one of the main drainages of the Jemez Mountains and a tributary of the Rio Grande. Day use is restricted to the immediate developed area.
Besides being a scenic destination for picnicking, Jemez Canyon functions primarily as a flood and sediment control area. Jemez Canyon frequently stores spring and early summer runoff. The dam is operated to release stored water as quickly as possible without causing downstream flooding. Construction of the dam was completed in 1953. Its normal surface area is 2.2 square miles. It is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Jemez Dam is located north of Albuquerque and Bernalillo. From I-25 take Exit 242. Travel west on NM 44/550 and cross the river. Turn north at NM 528 onto Tamaya Blvd.