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Cochiti Lake COE

Pena Blanca, New Mexico


82 Dam Crest Rd
Pena Blanca, New Mexico 87041
Phone: Click to view

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+ 55+ 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
  • Phone 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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78 Reviews

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

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: 11
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

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: 2

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: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

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: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

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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Review Count: 202
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 15

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

Sites are large but the asphalt parking space is very narrow. It was difficult to go in and out of our door. Excellent Verizon cell service. Very good electric. Difficult to find water spigot to fill our tank. Many sites are very uneven and asphalt is broken up in some. Some loops have water and electric on only one side of the road. Ours had electric in most sites. Other side of the road had electric, supposedly shared water hookup. Most campers hooked up to the water, making it difficult for others to get water. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Juniper 31
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow 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: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

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. Tried 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. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
buffalo
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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: 46
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 15

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

This is the most beautiful COE park we have been to. Stunning mountain and lake views all around! The park is about 12 miles or so from the highway so it's secluded and quiet. We stayed in site 56 - a fairly level pull through site in the Buffalo Grove loop with water/electric only. Site was nicely cleaned before our arrival and, in fact, the entire campground was probably the cleanest we have ever seen in our travels. The park does not have any FHU sites. Interior roads are paved but somewhat narrow. The sites are also paved but some will need leveling blocks as they slope front to back and/or side to side (especially the pull through sites). The campground has a strange layout and the loops aren't well marked. The gatehouse/check-in area has the strangest hours I have ever seen. Sunday-Thursday they are open 9-11 a.m. and then 3-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday they are open 9-11 a.m. then 1-4 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m. Sites have a covered picnic table, grill and lamppost light. Dump station was easy to get in and out of. We were able to get 60+ OTA channels and Verizon service was very good. Bathroom/shower area was newer and clean. There were two toilets and two showers separated by a sink area but shared by two loops so there might be a wait to use them. No laundry facilities here. The park has a boat ramp and swim beach along with a small yet informative visitor center. Overall, we really liked this park and would definitely return. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Buffalo Grove 56
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The nearest Walmart and grocery store is in Santa Fe about 20 minutes away. There is a convenience store and laundromat just outside of the campground. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a short drive (15 min) and we really enjoyed the experience! We also spent an afternoon at the Camel Rock Casino in Santa Fe.

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Review Count: 159
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Location, location, location. I'm talking site 53 with beautiful view of lake and surroundings. Electric, water no sewer or would have given it a 10. Good Verizon 3G. 40 minutes to Santa Fe but so nice here we're not going. Have been before. Would definitely come back. Grill but no fire ring. Covered picnic table. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Four day visit and what a great site. If there had been sewer it would be a ten. Great bike riding and hiking in park. Water and 50 amp electric good. Our site - 34 on the Juni Loop only required 25 ft water hose and 30 foot electric. Need park map to get around till you get the hang of layout. CHEAP gas just outside of park with small well stocked store. Juni restroom was closed but others nearby were newer anyhow. Site 34 was easy in first try with our 38ft motorhome - actually could take 40 footer with some room to spare. No wifi but Verizon hotspot handled web surfing and email. Actually had two picnic tables with one covered. Juni Loop is showing it's age but is still a very good choice. Just about every site in the loop has fantastic views. Plenty of toad parking space along edge of road and next to RV with careful RV spotting. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 34 Juniper Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
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:

Must see Tent Rocks Nat Mon - maybe 15 minutes away.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This park was very convenient to many activities in the area. The restrooms were fairly clean but could be better. Our site (55) was not very level and we needed our pads to bring in up quite a bit. However, the view was beautiful. The hosts and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, 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:

There are many things to see in the area including touring Santa Fe. There is the Scandia Peak Tram ride in Albuquerque (we suggest the sunset tour), Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, Jemez Springs, The Turquoise Trail, The Scandia Crest Drive (can be rough but beautiful) and many other beautiful back road drives. We also sampled many of the casinos in the area.

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Review Count: 179
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We got a spot in the older original campground loop which we have been in before. We used our senior pass. Our site was asphalt and easy to level up on. We like it up here because the sites are further from each other. There is good 50 amp service here and there is water but you will need about 75 feet of hose to reach it. Verizon Cellular is strong here. You can pull in over 60 channels with your crankup antenna. DirecTV is easy to get here because there are no trees in the park. It can get pretty hot here for the same reason. We would stay here again. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
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:

There are many pueblos in this area. You may visit them but take no pictures in them.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed for two nights very quiet campground. I stayed at lot 054 had water and electric no problems with either. The site is paved however not level at all remember your blocks. We will be going back I must say I only live about 40 miles from this campground. Well worth the it many people that we met are from right around the area. Staff where friendly so where the other campers. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
054
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

if your bringing your dog make sure you have poop bags. There are several sites around the campground but the bags are all gone. I did ask about them there response was people keep stealing them .

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful site for this COE park and the campground is nicely laid out. Our site was almost completely level. Unfortunately the hosts should be fired! First off they were rarely in the entrance booth! How do you get checked in, how do you get a map to find your site! You can't so you drive around hoping to find it! When we finally located them they were so surly. I guess they were insulted that we expected them to do their job! And to top it off when we visited the dump station someone made a horrid mess and it hadn't been cleaned up, so when we arrived there were bits of toilet paper all over the asphalt! The other contents of the mess may have been hosed down the drain but the mess that was left stunk to high heaven! We will never return here! We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Good COE park between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. About 13 miles from I-25 and another 20 miles to get to Santa Fe. 18 miles from I-25 and another 32 miles into Albuquerque. There is an older camping section called the Juniper loop with water and electric and a newer section with water and electric called Buffalo Grove. There are also 2 new sections with no water or electric called Elk Run and Ringtail Cat. We stayed in Buffalo Grove. The spaces in all of the new sections have nice paved pads that are fairly level. A number of the spaces in the old Juniper loop seem to have been dug out of the side of the hill so the area around the paved parking pad is not flat. Water pressure was good and required a pressure reducer. We camped at Cochiti Lake COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

You have to go to Tent Rocks and hike...no dogs allowed though. Ride a bike to the other end of the dam for a good 10-11 mile ride that is flat. Los Alamos, Bandelier and Valles Caldera can be reached via a very rough gravel/dirt road that goes through the mountains with a high clearance vehicle. At one point you will have to drive up a stream as it's part of the "road". Go the long way around on the interstate if you're not up to an almost off-road experience.

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