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Pena Blanca, New Mexico

Cochiti Lake COE

Pena Blanca, New Mexico



Pena Blanca, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 465-0307

Sites: 80
Recent Rate: $10 8/2016

Latitude: 35.641520582839
Longitude: -106.32891346511

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon, Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon,Sprint
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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54 Reviews

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in a site on the outer loop in Buffalo Grove. The Park is well maintained and the sites are large. None of the sites are on the water and very view have a water view. Ours had a nice view of the mountains. You have to drive to the swim beach. While we liked the park it would not be a destination spot for us in the future. For us the location was inconvenient for day trips. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
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
30 Amp, 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: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Buffalo Grove Loop-beautiful setting, mostly quiet except for kids on weekends. Concrete pads, sheltered concrete picnic table, solar powered pole light provides soft light beside table at night. Bathroom and shower facilities are modern and well maintained. Pull through sites are unlevel and almost dangerous because of this. Back in sites appear to be more level. Cigarette smokers should be required to pick up their cigarette buts just as dog owners are required to pick up after their dogs. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Buffalo Grove - 54
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

Pull-through convenience is not worth the hassle of trying to level your unit so unless you have automatic levelers on your unit, reserve a back-in site.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Found this campground on Recreation.gov. We had a great pull-through site with 50A and full hookups. The site itself was paved, long and level and very spacious with a fabulous view of Cochiti Lake. There's a covered picnic table and while it was hot (100 degrees), low humidity and the breeze off the lake made it quite bearable. Santa Fe is about 15-20 miles away with plenty of shops, groceries, restaurants, etc. Don't listen to your GPS if it tries to get you to take a right turn once inside the main gate. That's the visitors center. You should proceed straight ahead and at the bottom of the hill, you'll find the campground. There were plenty of really nice sites available and we had no problems finding a spot. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
52
Site Surface
Concrete, 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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Nearby pueblo had a celebration going on and we got to see at least 200 hundred Native Americans celebrating in full dress. There's a Visitors Center with info nearby.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We have been traveling fulltime with our kids for about 15 months now, and this is definitely the most beautiful campsite we have ever had. The views from our site were spectacular! It's about a 30 minute drive to Santa Fe and 60 minutes to Albuquerque which was a little inconvenient, but it was worth it to stay in such a beautiful place. Tent Rocks National Monument is very close by and was an awesome hike. Verizon coverage here is great! AT&T was just okay. Check-in was a little weird. They didn't give me any maps or information, so I just had to look at the map in the office to find the way to our site. There is no laundry here which was also inconvenient, but there's a laundromat down the street not too far away. We would definitely be back just to experience the beauty of this area. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Not impressed with this COE campground, especially compared to several other NM state parks we have enjoyed. Buffalo Grove loop is mostly big rig friendly size wise, but not so much when it comes to being level...expected much better from a COE campground! Unless you're into water sports, there is not a lot to do here...even if you are, the lake is fairly small, but I guess it depends on what you're use to. So, why stay here? About 1/2 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe with easy drives and we wanted to explore those areas. Dome Wilderness area (dog friendly) nearby for some decent hiking as well as Bandelier National Monument (NOT dog friendly). We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Buffalo Loop 52
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Tent Rocks is a must see (NOT dog friendly), hike the slot canyon trail to the top. Drive and explore the Turquoise Trail, especially the drive to Sandia Crest!

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Huge water/electric level sites that are beautifully maintained, although they are facing away from the lake. We fixed this by pulling in backwards and using long hose and power cords to reach the services. There is a boat launch right on the property. Right next door to the Cochiti reservation and Tent Rocks National Monument, this campground is quiet and remote. Verizon was very strong, but ATT was intermittent. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Cochiti Reservation, Sante Fe, Tent Rocks Monument, Bandolier Forest

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Review Count: 182
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

It depends on what you are looking for. If you desire quiet & beautiful landscapes on a small high desert lake, this is the place for you. Both ATT & Verizon worked well & you'll get satellite TV if you have it. We also got strong OTA network channels. Pick your loop from their website carefully. Buffalo Grove has all paved sites with covered tables, 50A & water, but it stayed full during the Balloon Fiesta. The other loops either have gravel sites with electric & shared water (Juniper) or no hookups (Elk Run & Ringtail). The shared water in Juniper might be in reach of your RV or it might not depending on your site. Generally, those on the inner loop can hook to water while those on the outside would have to cross the road with a very long hose. Some sites are not very level but it looked like folks were getting level with the aid of blocks. Site 57 was indeed a great (& level) site but many others were good too. Only Buffalo Grove has a modern bathroom & shower. Others have pit toilets. No ground fires allowed. It's a long haul (30 miles or more) to either Santa Fe or Albuquerque and the town of Cochiti doesn't offer much. There is a reasonable Philips 66 gas station on the interstate 12 miles away with all types of fuel. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

There are many sites here with amazing, beautiful views not only of the lake, but also of the surrounding mesas and mountains. It was completely quiet during our Sunday-Friday stay near the end of the season. The restrooms were clean, but I wasn't a fan of the shower - the water was reasonably warm, but the shower head added so much air to the spray that it was more like having a cold, windy mist blown on you. The airflow from the head even caused the shower curtain to swing way out. At least there was an overhead heat lamp in the changing area. I actually stepped out of the shower to warm up under it a couple times. Otherwise this is a great place to camp.
Another reviewer commented on noise from pumps (just north of the Buffalo Grove bathrooms). I actually thought it was insects the first couple nights, so it's not an offensive sound at all. You'll only hear when it outdoors on a calm night.
There is a very strong Verizon 4G signal here.
Note the Buffalo Grove loop has 50-amp and water at each site. This loop has the best views if you want electric. The Juniper loop has electric but the water spigots are not site-specific and can be up to 100 ft from a site. Elk Run and Ringtail Cat have no electricity. Ringtail Cat sites are the closest to the lake. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure and check out Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (only 15-20 minutes away) and take the slot canyon trail. The slot canyon is a treat as are the endless views once you get to the top.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

We just stopped for an overnight from Carlsbad to Mesa Verde, CO, and we were pleasantly surprised with the park. We drove around to look for an available site and settled on a nice pull-through, but didn't realize that 3 of the 4 loops are dry camping only, no electric, so we had to conserve power that evening. We really loved this area, it's quiet and peaceful with pretty views. The bathroom showers were clean and had a solid door that locks in each stall for privacy. I noticed overhead there was also a large heating lamp, so they must use that in cooler weather. We work online, so Verizon coverage is important to us, and we got strong LTE data signal here. Just up the road, there is a gas station with competitive gas prices (with diesel too), a mini-mart inside, and a laundromat next door. You are on a native reservation, so the people in the community seem to know each other and are very friendly to visitors. If we are through this area again, we will make it a point to stay for at least a week next time, in the loop with electric hook-up. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument just a few miles down the road is worth a drive and a nice hike. There is an easy paved 1-mile loop trail, and also a more challenging additional mile hike to see the formations from the top. There's also the Veteran's Highway and takes you to another nice scenic point at the top. It's worth a visit.

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Review Count: 171
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We really enjoy this campground. We had a level site with a great view. The only issue was web site information that said we needed 100 ft of hose because there are shared water hook-ups. What we found was a water hookup 100 ft across the road. We had to fill our tank, rather than be hooked up to water. That should have been made clear.

This is a strange campground. There were 3 tables and grills for 2 camp sites in some places. The restrooms are clean, but the one in our loop, Juniper, was closed and the next one had metal toilet bowls with no toilet seat. The newer loops are nicer but the sites are closer together. We will stay here again. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Juniper 31
Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 328
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This fairly remote location in the high desert provides great views of nearby mountains, quiet nights, and access to a large lake. Interior roads and sites are all paved; however, some sites (ours was one) are badly sloped to the point of being impossible to level even with a number of leveling blocks. The campground hosts were not particularly friendly, and our site required a cleanup of trash and gravel that was piled on the table. Be prepared for wind here, as you're on a bluff above the lake. Services and dining are about 30 miles, but Verizon cell and data worked well. An OK park for a short visit, but for us the remote location and mediocre facilities didn't outweigh the low rate and we'll stay elsewhere. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

On the website there were only walk-up sites available in newly renovated Buffalo Grove Loop, so we arrived early and was able to secure one of two walk up sites. You go to site and then at 4 o'clock you go to office to pay. Office only open 2 hours in am and 3 hours in pm and pay box is not usable as sealed. Most back-in sites appear level but pull thru sites aren't level which is surprising for COE park.

Sites in Juniper Loop are smaller and older. No campground sign at entrance on highway. Turn at recreation area, pass visitor center and turn at campground building as going straight leads to very steep boat ramp. All sites have covered cement picnic table, paved driveway, with views. Overall, a great campground and we experienced wind daily, which is probably why there are wind socks and wind alert lights on lake. Will return! We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Concrete, Pavers
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Tent Rocks is amazing and very close. Laundromat, gas and diesel, convenience store, golf and fishing within a mile. Santa Fe is half hour.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is beautiful. The park sits above the lake with incredible views of the mountains from every site. Great sunrise and sunsets over the mountains. The restrooms are old, but very clean. Our site, 58, was a pull-through. Concrete pad with gravel around. The picnic table is on a concrete pad with a metal cover, with a grill near by. We had water and electric. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58 Buffalo Loup
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This facility is wonderful. We camped in a 39 ft Motorhome. Entry road, and sites are paved. Sites are mostly level with shade built over each picnic table. Cement patios in main loops. Some loops have 50 amp power and water, other loops have 50 amp elec with random water spigots, and some loops are for dry camping. Dump sites are in two locations. Bathrooms with showers are spotless. Tent Rock's "Slot Canyon Trail" is spectacular and free with golden age pass. Fee is $20 per night but $10 with Golden Age Pass. Public laundromat and small market are less than one mile away. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 55
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Visit Tent Rocks National Monument.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This is indeed a jewel! All of the sites I looked at in the upper loop had both electric and water. There was a water line break while I was here, but they worked fast to fix it, and that is a small interruption. Best part are the great views of the lake and mountains in the distance. Sites are mostly level, paved, and well-spaced apart. No activities, but a lot of peace and quiet, which is just what I like. Excellent Verizon service. Price is for seniors and water and electric site. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

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