Pena Blanca, New Mexico

Cochiti Lake COE

Pena Blanca, New Mexico



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

Sites: 80
Recent Rate: $12 6/2015

Latitude: 35.6415205828393
Longitude: -106.328913465112

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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 no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • 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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46 Reviews

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Sara C.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $12.00
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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.

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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John and Carol

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $10.00
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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.

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Meanderman

Review Count: 286
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $10.00
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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.

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RJourney

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $10.00
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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.

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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Chucknviv

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $10.00
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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.

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User2477

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

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $10.00
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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.

Tips for other Campers:

Visit Tent Rocks National Monument.

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judy_online

Review Count: 44
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $10.00
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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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TheJim

Review Count: 246
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $10.00
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The rate reflects a 50% federal Senior Pass discount. This COE campground has a lot of things going for it, but some downsides. The campground is an easy drive from Interstate 25. The surrounding area is spectacular high desert. The signage to the campground could be better, but you will find it without too much difficulty. The modern loop with electric hook-ups is Buffalo Grove loop. Juniper Loop also has sites with hook-ups. There are no sewer hook-ups, but there are convenient dump stations. Some sites have views of the lake and some have views of the beautiful surrounding area. It is quite and fairly dark. A very strange thing is that in the Buffalo Grove loop the sites have a pole with a light. When we first arrived, we were very concerned that we would have a bright light shining in our RV, but it turns out that the light is very, very dim. We do not understand why the COE would spend the money to put in something like these lights. Regardless, they turned out to not be an issue. It is a great base for visiting Tent Rock National Monument, a must-see attraction. The negatives are that there is a loud pump and noisy valve near the restrooms in Buffalo Loop. You can likely hear it from other loops as well. There is also something very strange going on with the reservation system. When we were there the sites were supposed to all be first-come, first-served, but some of the best sites had reservation tags. We asked a ranger that was driving through and he also indicated that there should be no reserved sites. We went on-line and some of the premier sites were shown as reserved even during non-reservation periods. We had a very strong Verizon signal for both voice and data. Satellite was not a problem as there are no trees. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

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twestover

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
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First, I can't speak to the restroom issues - didn't use them. But the views cannot be beat. And our site had water and electric. I wouldn't think this would be as great in the summer, although you could use the electricity for air conditioning, I supposed. The picnic tables have nice covers over them for shade, there are nice concrete paths from the camping spot to the table area, it was wonderfully breezy. Our spot is quite private. The check in lady was so nice. If I wasn't worried about snakes for us and our dogs, I would give this a 10, no question, but I do worry about that here. But we would most definitely return here in the future. And a little tip: spot 57 in the Buffalo loop is Amazing. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Travel Trailer.

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hhendrix

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
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Beautiful park with paved sites, great views, quiet, and friendly staff. Verizon cell signal strong and with wifi card service was good. TV channels good over the air. Picnic tables are very nice and covered. BBQ on a stand in very good condition. Park is well maintained. Not all sites have water. Dump stations are available. We would stay here again and for more than one day. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Fecampbe

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $10.00
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This RV park is close to home and a real jewel in the desert. We were in site #57 which has a really outstanding view of both sunrise over the lake and beautiful sunsets. Our site was clean, level, and set off from the nearest site. The park hosts are friendly and check-in was relatively quick. Each site has water and electric. A covered picnic table and BBQ grill. My wife and I are seniors and camped here with our grandchildren. There is also a playground for the kids right in the middle of the park. We really enjoy camping here. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

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palamine

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
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The rating would be higher but the gatehouse staff, although very helpful, did not tell us that most of the power sites do not have water. We were all set up before we discovered that. So $20.00 a night for just power is high. The area is beautiful and interesting. The roads in the park are quite narrow. The sites are not in great shape. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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retiredfields

Review Count: 71
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $10.00
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Nice location and views. Not the nicest COE park. Most loops are old and the facilities were built in the 60's. Restrooms dirty and in disrepair. There are two loops with newer sites and facilities, and they are in better shape. Here's one for you: All of the entrance roads and campground roads are paved, but there is a 200 yard section, at the entrance booth to the campground, and a 50 yard section, between loops, that are dusty dirt and appear to have never been paved. Everyone who drives through creates a ball of blowing dust. I don't get it. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Dave51

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $10.00
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Rate is with Senior Discount. Stayed four nights while visiting the Santa Fe area including Tent Rocks and Bandelier National Monuments. There are two campgrounds, we stayed on the west side of the lake in the Buffalo Grove loop at site 65. This site is not level and 50 amp connection does not work. Other than that, Cochiti Lake is a pleasant place to park for several days and relax. Good Verizon cell/MiFi coverage. Good OTA television. Sites are spacious. We would stay again. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

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Nicrisgirl

Review Count: 64
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $10.00
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A lovely, clean, easy to maneuver campground overlooking Cochiti Lake. The dogs enjoyed the lake and there is a launch site for sailing and kayaking. There is also a swimming area for "people". There is a grocery store within a couple of miles. We stayed here on the National Park Senior Rate. Normally it would cost $20 a night which is still very reasonable for such a great park. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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