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Cochiti Lake COE

Pena Blanca, New Mexico


82 Dam Crest Rd
Pena Blanca, New Mexico 87041
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Sites: 80
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.64152
Longitude: -106.32891

Elevation: 5532' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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88 Reviews

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Absolutely one of the best COE parks we've ever stayed. Make sure to stay in the Buffalo Grove section. This is where the sites are concrete and asphalt with nice picnic tables, grills and covers. The Juniper section appears older and not set up as well, drop offs and connections on the wrong side. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Buffalo Grove 59
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Approximately 20 miles to Santa Fe. Make sure to see the Tent Rock area.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of the finest parks we have ever stayed in. We like COE parks generally, but this one is the best. In fact, one of the best of any category of campgrounds. It is a showcase of what a campground should be like. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Buffalo Grove 53
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

The pull through sit we reserved was a big disappointment. The power pedestal was on the wrong side and at least 20 feet from the parking pad. The back in sites seemed to be set up correctly. We were looking for a quick overnight stay but had to disconnect the car to be able to position the motorhome for power! We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
J15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the electric part of the park, all of the campsites are large and spacious with really nice picnic tables that are covered. We made our reservation in which we thought would be close to the playground, and found that the playground had been removed completely, which was a disappointment to our child, but other than that it was a fantastic place to stay. We found our site very level, and the views are breath taking. There are so many hummingbirds! I recommend bringing a feeder. Now this park is about 30 minutes from Santa Fe, and it is not close to the water, there are no trees, but if you want an amazing New Mexico stay, this is the place. The staff was very helpful. There is no wifi or cable but with the views, who needs it! There is also enough parking for your tow vehicle and 1 additional if needed. No alcohol is permitted. Will definitely return. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring a hummingbird feeder, stop and take in the Rio Grande River, and hike the Tent Rocks on the reservation. If you are lucky, you will catch a pow wow in town, but be respectful and leave your cell phone/camera in the car, they do not allow them.

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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $4.00
Overall Rating:

I had booked Site 21 at this COE campground online in the Juniper Loop with electric and water hookups. The paved site was narrow, with steep drop-offs on three sides. The picnic table for the site was a half dozen steps down from the trailer. The site would have worked for me for the single night I had booked except the restroom was "out of service" and looked like it had been that way for quite some time. Since I need a restroom, I had to move. Fortunately, the campground was not anywhere close to full - it was a weekday - so I was able to relocate to a loop with a working restroom and showers but no hookups. I doubt I would have been able to relocate had it been a weekend as most sites sported tags indicating that they were reserved. Unlike other COE campgrounds I have used, on weekdays, the check-in booth at the Cochiti campground entrance is staffed only for a few hours in the morning and in the afternoon - at mid-day there is nobody there. The campground is very clean and well maintained. Most of the sites require some amount of leveling, but mine was manageable. The wild flowers in early May were spectacular. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is nearby.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This Corps of Engineers park is located on Cochiti Tribal lands (so, no drinking in public). Our site was level but as far away from the lake as you could get. We had electric but no water/sewer. Note, the sites with water faucets seem to be oddly dispersed but, if you have 30-50' of hose, you can reach a faucet. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tent Rocks National Monument is about 15 minutes away....its the most awesome rock structures you've never heard of. Be sure to take the hike at the first parking lot and then drive to the end of the road to the overlook. Beautiful!

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Review Count: 266
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 47

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice clean park with some sites having views of the lake. The water and electric are placed in the proper area and worked well. There is a dump station located in the park. Most sites are fairly level but not all. We camped here in a 40' motorhome. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
66
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss Tent Rocks.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We love this park. We would probably not love it in the summer though—no shade except the covered picnic tables. Free nice warm showers. Spacious sites. Some have no hookups, some have electric only and some have electric and water. Really nice park ranger. Some sites level, some a little less so. The sites higher up have such beautiful views plus we had colorful sunrises and sunsets. This park is in between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. All sites have cement picnic tables, some covered picnic tables. Swim beach. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Do NOT miss hiking Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument slot canyon. (Take lots of water.) We stayed 5 days but had to book 2 different sites. So hard to answer questions about the site.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful space to each site as is typical of COE properties. Good trails throughout to enjoy. Nicely situated swimming area on the lake. The Visitors Center is very well done- I spent a couple hours there going through the exhibits. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nearby Tent Rocks National Monument is a must-do.

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Review Count: 239
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 58

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Cochiti COE campground is about 13 miles from I-25. Turn right onto Cochiti Lake Road after you see the large sign stating Cochiti Lake. Continue pass the stop sign until you see a large gravel lot on the right sign. Turn left into the campground. The signage is not very good once you turn onto Cochiti Lake Road. Cochiti campground consists of four loops. Juniper Loop campsites have electric hookups and some have water. Elk Run and Ringtail Loops are non-electric and have community water spigots. All sites in Buffalo Grove Loop have water and electric hookups and can accommodate a large rig. There are two dump stations - one located just before Juniper Loop and the other is near the campground office. Fresh water was available at both locations. The campground has (3) bathrooms with (2) showers per gender. The showers are activated via a push button. You cannot control the temperature. Water will turn off in about 4 minutes. The bathrooms were fairly clean. All sites have a picnic table with an overhang, a BBQ stand and a designated spot for your vehicle. There are no fire rings. WiFi is not available. Most of the sites are long, narrow and not very level. The electrical pedestals are located on the driver side near the back of the site (30/50 amp electrical service). The voltage was very good considering that it was over 100 degrees and everyone was using their A/C. There is a boat ramp and a swimming area. It was very quiet at night. We would come back to this campground. We travel with a 32 foot 5th wheel. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful and well maintained COE park. Only regret was that it was 25 miles from downtown Santa Fe and other points of interest, but very close to Tent Rock National Park which is amazing. We had a beautiful view of the lake. Very quiet area. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Buffalo Loop
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

What a deal! $20 for electric and water. We have a 35 foot 5th wheel and had more than enough room. Each site has a pretty covered patio and grill, but right now no fires, including charcoal. Sites are spaced well apart. Very quiet. There is a boat ramp. We went 20 minutes away to hike the slot canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument. About 40 minutes away is Santa Fe. Will come back of in the area again. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
53 Buffalo Grove
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a mini Mart nearby, but closest grocery is about half hour.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful! We stayed here a few years ago and loved it. Since we were headed West again we put this CG in the schedule first. Great views, clean/functional facilities, good OAT and a price that can't be beat. Of course... you have to reserve well in advance. The COE is one of the few government programs I like having my taxes support. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
56
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Went for a drive with the dogs one day and saw the signs for Tent Rocks National Monument. Figured we would drop in to see what it was. After the 10 mile detour and the 1/2 hour in line we were greeted with a sign at the fee station that said, "No dogs. Violators will be fined $250 per dog." We turned around. Might be nice, but had there been a sign about the restriction earlier we wouldn't have taken the detour. The BLM is NOT the Army COE.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Pro: senior passes accepted. Convenient stop on our annual sojourn North. Juniper loop has water & electric 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). We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Juniper Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Try the Stone Kiva Restaurant & golf course.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is the second time that we have stayed at Cochiti Lakes and love this park but we did notice a decline in the maintenance of the facilities. The restrooms were not maintained regularly and at times unavailable. On the positive side, the park is quiet and biking areas are plentiful. There are elevated grills at each site and covered picnic tables on concrete pads. Washing of your RV and tow vehicle is allowed and much appreciated. Some of the sites can be challenging to level but overall a really great place and the rates are unbelievable. If they maintained the restroom facilities, this would be a "10". We will be back. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hike the slot canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument, great hike! Take your dog to the "Dog Beach" for a dip, great addition. Bike ride on top of the dam, hard surface road, and no public vehicles!

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