We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“45 minutes North of Albuquerque”
Review of Cochiti Lake

Cochiti Lake
Attraction details
Reviewed 31 May 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Stephanie W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (63)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
All reviews
"boat ramp"
in 7 reviews
"no wake"
in 6 reviews
"tent rocks national monument"
in 5 reviews
"camping area"
in 3 reviews
"dump station"
in 3 reviews
"paddle boarding"
in 2 reviews
"senior pass"
in 2 reviews
"water craft"
in 2 reviews
"hot and cold water"
in 2 reviews
"santa fe"
in 8 reviews
"lake water"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful lake"
in 2 reviews
"visitor center"
in 3 reviews
"new mexico"
in 4 reviews
"campground office"
in 2 reviews
"fishing boats"
in 2 reviews
in 7 reviews

9 - 13 of 63 reviews

Reviewed 27 May 2018

This is a nice park in the hills south of Santa Fe. It is on a reservoir but don't anticipate being on the water, near the water or even being able to have much of a view. The sites are spacious, with a shelter and table. There are absolutely NO FIRES allowed. Over the air TV is pretty good, about 8 clear channels. There is no WIFI at all. Cell service with AT&T was good. SItes were paved, several pull-thrus and large back-ins. This is an Army Corp of Engineers site so it is well done. The only complaint we had was there was no one working there. Weird, Of the 10 days we were there the campground office was only staffed one day. Tired to change some things regarding our reservations and couldn't. Tried the Visitor center and the one volunteer pretty much had no clue. This park is about 20 minutes from Santa Fe and an easy drive. The reservoir can handle some good size boats but it is a trek to the launch site or shore. It really was a nice place to stop and stop looking through a windshield for a while. Santa fe was a great town, Really enjoyed Canyon road.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank gargoyle158
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Pro: senior passes accepted. Convenient stop on our annual sojourn North. Juniper loop has W/E on inside loop, outside loop is only E. Some sites will require 75' water hose. Even Google 3D doesn't do justice to the hilly terrain. We are literally backed into the hillside - check site length before reserving (great for wind protection and privacy). Tables & Grills are up/down steps at most sites in Juniper Loop, this loop is farthest from lake.

Cons: Restrooms in our loop were closed. Asphalt pads are narrow making exits from the rig somewhat treacherous depending on site.

Stone Kiva Restaurant at the nearby golf course is has good food, simple choices, otherwise bring your eats with you or trek 20 miles to Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

Note to self: Golf course looks fun and is reasonably priced (~$50 inc cart/18 holes).

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank bd W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 May 2018

We did not go there to camp out or fish, just to visit the area. We only saw the dam from far away and it did not look like the lake had very much water. The place, however, looked peaceful.

Driving further to get to tent rocks is a must because you will not be disappointed there!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank SunnyW358
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Came for six days so we could check out the area. We have a 35 foot RV and easily got into our site in Ringtail Cat loop. This loop is “dry” without hookups. But it has the best most modern sites with new concrete pads and ramadas.

We used our own bathroom but they had bathrooms with showers and we saw lots of folks using them. They were clean but not spotless.

We walked around the whole camp ground and there are a variety of sites available. Some have electrical, but none have sewer, although they have two dump stations

The boat ramp is large and they have beachside ramadas to hang out at. We saw a ton of folks on the lake in kayaks and small fishing boats and some sail boats. This is a no wake like so no speed boats or seadoos. This keeps the place quiet and relaxing.

We enjoyed our stay and will come again if in the area. Santa Fe is a half hour drive away.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank FulltimeRVTraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Cochiti Lake also viewed


Been to Cochiti Lake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing