Cochiti Lake in New Mexico - Army Core of Engineers. This was a 45 minute drive North from Albuquerque's west side for us. The lake offers two public recreation areas: Cochiti on the west side of the lake and Tetilla Peak on the east side. Both sides offer spectacular scenic views of the water and surrounding mountains. Cochiti has lit campsites, one loop has electric and water, paved, lit sites and are leveled with amenities that include showers, restrooms, barbecue pits and a dump station. Sites are closer together. This side even has pull through sites.
When we go to Cochiti we RV at Tetilla Peak on the east side of the lake because we enjoy the more spacious sites. With this being said, the campground has gravel roads, campsites are closer to the road and some sites are not leveled. At night the campground is dark which makes for great star gazing. We heard a pack of coyotes late in the night. Amenities include showers, restrooms, a dump station just outside the campground. Barbecue grills are at each site, Water and Electric hookups, along with many sites that have a covered picnic area. You are walking distance to the overlook. Boating, paddle boarding, kayaking,swimming and fishing are the main things to do here. They do not offer rentals so you must bring your own equipment. You MUST use a life jacket. No alcohol and no glass bottles allowed. Pets must be kept on a leash. The campground hosts have been the same ones we have seen the last 2 years. Propane Fire pits are welcome. Be aware some of these sites will not accommodate large rigs especially around the outer loop with the water views. Since there is little to no shade be aware of the direction of the sunrise and sunsets- you don't want a spot with full sun (Spot #17 was brutal- won't make that mistake twice). We have a 32ft 5er, my dad has a 33 ft Class C and my cousins Nick . Laura have a 29ft TT. We RV'd in spots 28, 29, and 31 on this trip and didn't have an issue with our length or slide width and the spots were large enough that each vehicle and the boat were tucked in off the road. Notice the photo with my dad and daughter- the class C in the background gives you an idea of the space between our spot and my dads. You can book online at recreation.gov. Winds were brutal this weekend gusting to 20mph and the temp dropped to 38 degrees at night.
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